Teens in car chase havoc Two to face court af­ter pub­lic point po­lice ve­hi­cles ‘ in right di­rec­tion’

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - SAM BIDEY

PO­LICE charged two youths af­ter a stolen SUV caused havoc in Townsville and Char­ters Tow­ers yes­ter­day morn­ing.

The Nis­san Juke was stolen from North Ward in the early hours yes­ter­day, and was driven er­rat­i­cally through­out Townsville be­fore mak­ing its way to Char­ters Tow­ers.

Char­ters Tow­ers Po­lice Sta­tion of­fi­cer- in- charge Se­nior Sergeant Grah­man Lohmann said road spikes were used on the ve­hi­cle on the Flin­ders High­way west of the town.

He said the car was driven for at least 15 min­utes on three tyres as two teenage boys in­side at­tempted to evade po­lice.

The car was found dumped in Paull St and of­fi­cers found the two youths hid­ing in a nearby res­i­dence.

“The pur­suit was ter­mi­nated due to safety rea­sons and ( the ar­rest) was par­tic­u­larly ( due to) the as­sis­tance from the lo­cal mem­bers of the com­mu­nity that were able to point out where the ve­hi­cle was head­ing and even­tu­ally aban­doned,” he said. “Peo­ple were on the road­side point­ing po­lice in the right di­rec­tion.”

Two boys, aged 14 and 16, were yes­ter­day charged with a range of of­fences in­clud­ing bur­glary, theft and traf­fic vi­o­la­tions. Po­lice al­lege the teens were in­volved in three bur­glar­ies in Townsville yes­ter­day.

Se­nior Sergeant Matt Lyons said a house in Rose St, North Ward, was bro­ken into shortly af­ter mid­night. He said keys to a car were taken but the ve­hi­cle was crashed in­side a unit com­plex and the of­fend­ers fled.

A lap­top and speak­ers were stolen from an­other Rose St ad­dress be­fore the Nis­san Juke and a Holden Com­modore were taken from a Cook St home af­ter the thieves forced their way through the front door and stole the car keys.

The road drama be­gan when po­lice re­ceived re­ports from sev­eral mo­torists in­volved in near misses with the reck­lessly driven ve­hi­cle.

Po­lice re­ceived re­ports of two cars, a white hatch­back and the Nis­san, do­ing burn outs and rac­ing along More- A MUCH- needed drench­ing could be on the way for Townsville.

Fore­cast­ingg ser­vice Windy y TV pre­dictp ts 167.55mm of rain could fall on the city over the next 10 days.

The Bu­reau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy’s fore­casts do not ex­tend past next Wed­nes­day, but its es­ti­mates show up to 70mm of rain in Townsville between Sun­dayy and Wed­nes­day.y

BoM M fore­caster An­drew Busalino said an up­per trough would shift over Queens­land and move around the state into next week.

“It’s a pretty com­pli­cated syn­op­tic sit­u­a­tion,” he said.

“Th­ese weather sys­tems are no­to­ri­ous for be­ing hard to pre­dict. We can’t pin­point how much rain will fall but we can give a range.”

Townsville of­ten misses out on sub­stan­tial rain be­cause of its ge­o­graph­i­cal po­si­tion and ac­cord­ing to more con­ser­va­tive head St, South Townsville.

Sen- Sgt Lyons said po­lice then re­ceived reg­u­lar up­dates from the pub­lic. The Nis­san was seen run­ning a red light at Bayswa­ter Rd at 7.10am, driv­ing reck­lessly along Hugh St at 7.25am and do­ing burnouts in Gat­ton St at 8.07am.

The Nis­san was then spot­ted at a ser­vice sta­tion in Wood­stock at 8.52am on its way to Char­ters Tow­ers.

Sen- Sgt Lohmann said a 16year- old Townsville boy had been charged with 17 of­fences and a 14- year- old Char­ters Tow­ers boy was charged with eight. Both will front Townsville Chil­dren’s Court to­day. es­ti­mates there could be as lit­tlelittl as 9mm fall on the city.

Mr Busalino said it was clear there would be un­set­tled weather con­di­tions into next week.

He said the sys­tem would come from the in­te­rior of the coun­try and start to am­plify over western parts of the state dur­ing the week­end.

Early next week, it will slowly ro­tate around Queens­land, which Mr Busalino said was “un­usual”.

“It’s sig­nif­i­cant and very slow mov­ing. Th­ese are the sys­tems you get wide­spread rain,” he said.

He ad­vised res­i­dents to keep up to date with fore­casts and warn­ings from the bu­reau.

“It’s too early to pin­pointp where but the rain will oc­cur r,” he said.

AN­DREW BACKHOUSE

Pic­ture: SHAE BEPLATE

SUN TIME: Katie- Lee Bourke makes the most of the sun­shine at The Strand Rock­pool yes­ter­day ahead of the fore­cast rain.

FOUND: The stolen SUV aban­doned in Char­ters Tow­ers.

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