Car chase teenagers front court

The Chronicle - - News - PE­TER HARD­WICK pe­ter.hard­[email protected]­i­cle.com.au

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy ac­cused of lead­ing po­lice on a pur­suit through Toowoomba streets in a stolen car on Thurs­day night has been re­manded in cus­tody.

The boy, from Silk­stone, and his 16-year-old boy co-ac­cused, from New­town, ap­peared be­fore Toowoomba Chil­dren’s Court hav­ing spent the night in the watch house.

As ju­ve­niles the teenagers can­not be named.

Both are charged with un­law­fully us­ing mo­tor ve­hi­cles while the 15-year-old is also charged with steal­ing and wil­ful dam­age.

A Po­lair he­li­copter was called in to track the stolen ve­hi­cle and re­lay its po­si­tion to po­lice on the ground af­ter the car was spot­ted in Mort St, North Toowoomba, about 7pm Thurs­day.

Around 7.50pm a tyre de­fla­tion de­vice (stinger) was suc­cess­fully de­ployed on Cur­zon St just prior to the in­ter­sec­tion with Jel­li­coe St to bring the car to a stop af­ter which three ju­ve­niles al­legedly fled on foot.

The 15-year-old protested in court that he wasn’t the driver and that he was only a pas­sen­ger in the car, de­spite po­lice claims he was iden­ti­fied by of­fi­cers as the driver.

Ob­ject­ing to his bail ap­pli­ca­tion, po­lice prose­cu­tor Se­nior Con­sta­ble Ju­lia Wheaton said the boy had 13 pre­vi­ous of­fences of sim­i­lar na­ture.

“He’s had pro­ba­tion, com­mu­nity ser­vice, he’s been on re­mand and he has out­stand­ing mat­ters in­clud­ing un­law­ful use of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle and fail­ing to ap­pear in court,” she said.

Mag­is­trate Kay Ryan noted at just 15 the boy al­ready had 11 pages of crim­i­nal his­tory and that he was on pro­ba­tion at the time.

“I think we have to put the safety of the pub­lic first,” Ms Ryan said.

Bail was re­fused and the boy held in de­ten­tion.

His 16-year-old co-ac­cused was granted bail to live with his aunt in New­town and abide by con­di­tions.

Both were ad­journed for men­tion back in Toowoomba Chil­dren’s Court on De­cem­ber 20.

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