Police detain some youths in North Ipswich after chase through Ipswich on Tuesday. (Photo for use in QT only)
Police detain some youths in North Ipswich after chase through Ipswich on Tuesday. (Photo for use in QT only) Terry Royan

Police charge three boys after car chase through Ipswich

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6AM: IT IS a miracle no one was killed. A crazy ride by three male youths in a stolen car through the streets of Ipswich has seen a 13, 14 and 16-year-old boy arrested and charged with a string of offences.

The drama started in the city at 11am when a late model gold Holden Commodore was sighted by Safe City cameras.

Police attempted to intercept the vehicle on the corner of Gordon St and South St.

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The youths then rammed two police cars and one officer had to jump out of the way to avoid being run over.

Police then pursued the car along Warwick Rd and into Lobb St.

It has then gone the wrong way up the off-ramp from Brisbane St onto the One Mile Bridge.

Police then abandoned the pursuit. The vehicle then collided with civilian vehicles on the corner of Brisbane St and Hooper St.

Police detain some youths in North Ipswich after chase through Ipswich on Tuesday. (Photo for use in QT only)
Police detain some youths in North Ipswich after chase through Ipswich on Tuesday. (Photo for use in QT only) Terry Royan

It subsequently side-swiped a bus in Burnett St. A North Ipswich resident then called police to say three kids had ditched a car and walked away.

Police flooded the area with cars, the dog squad and PolAir helicopters and arrested the trio.

They were charged with stealing a motor vehicle, unlawful and dangerous use of a motor vehicle, evading police and other offences.

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Inspector Keith McDonald said it was "very fortunate that no one was killed".

"The pursuit was conducted in accord with (police) service policy, but it was abandoned when the actions of driver became too dangerous," Insp McDonald said.

"There was good co-operation by Safe City and the police, good work by the police officers, PolAir and the dog squad.

"The cordons that were established led to their quick detention."

Police detain some youths in North Ipswich after chase through Ipswich on Tuesday. Photo: Terry Royan
Police detain some youths in North Ipswich after chase through Ipswich on Tuesday. Photo: Terry Royan Terry Royan

 

TUESDAY, 6PM: POLICE have charged three teenage boys following an incident that began in Ipswich this morning.

Just before 10am, police were notified of an alleged stolen vehicle at the intersection of Brisbane and Bell streets.

They intercepted the vehicle containing three teenage boys at the intersection of Gordon and South streets, and as officers left their police car, the driver allegedly drove the vehicle towards a police officer who was forced to move out of its path.

It will be further alleged that as the vehicle began to drive south down Gordon Street, it struck two police vehicles, causing significant damage to one.

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A pursuit of the vehicle ensued along Warwick Road and Lobb Street before travelling onto an off-ramp on Brisbane Street.

At this stage police abandoned the pursuit due to the alleged dangerous driving of the teenage driver.

The vehicle continued to travel down Brisbane Street, where it allegedly collided with another car and then a bus. The vehicle was later located abandoned on Simmons Street at Raymonds Hills.

A search of the area involving local police, the police helicopter and dog squad was successful in detaining the three teenagers.

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A 16-year-old boy from Brassall has been charged with one count each of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, driving unlicensed and failure to comply with duties of a driver involved in a crash. 

He was also charged with two counts each of wilful damage and failure to stop, and three counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

Another 16-year-old boy from Raceview has been charged with one count each of robbery, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and fraud, and two counts of attempted fraud.

A 13-year-old North Ipswich boy was also charged with one count of unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

Each of the boys will be dealt with under the Youth Justice Act.

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