Cops ar­rest boys af­ter joyride ends

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

A joyride around Pu­taruru and Toko­roa at speeds ex­ceed­ing 140kmh ended when po­lice ap­pre­hended the al­leged of­fend­ers early on Sun­day morn­ing.

A 12-year-old al­legedly stole his mother’s car and po­lice mon­i­tored the ve­hi­cle af­ter the boy’s mother re­ported it stolen about 1.30am on Sun­day.

Toko­roa Po­lice Se­nior Sergeant Graeme Hill said his staff did not set off in pur­suit of the 12-year-old driver who was driv­ing with two male friends, aged 12 and 15, for fear of what be­ing chased might cause the young­ster to do.

‘‘We were not pur­su­ing them. We were mon­i­tor­ing them from Pu­taruru . . . They were com­ing from Pu­taruru and they were try­ing to evade po­lice. That is why we did not pur­sue it. They were a dan­ger to my staff . . . I was con­cerned for my staff and mem­bers of the public. It was crazy that they could not com­pre­hend go­ing on a joyride from Pu­taruru,’’ he said.

The 15-year-old and the car owner’s son took it in turns to drive around Toko­roa and State High­way 1.

The boy and his two friends were ar­rested af­ter po­lice found them with the car on a side road off State High­way 1 about 2.30am.

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