Car chase drama

By JOSEPH TERNOWETSKY

THREE youths were in police custody last night following a highspeed car chase through Rockhampton streets.

A 17-year-old from Mackay was charged with reckless driving and driving without a licence.

His companions were a 16-yearold, also from Mackay, and an 18-year-old from Rockhampton.

The chase began in Rockhampton's CBD area where the driver allegedly tried to elude police by doing a U-turn, Sergeant Gary Walsh said.

"Police observed the car driving suspiciously,'' he said.

"They attempted to hide from the police.''

Police tried to pull the vehicle over, and chased it through Stanley Street into Gladstone Road.

"The vehicle failed to stop and began to accelerate,'' Sergeant Walsh said.

It was reported to have reached speeds in excess of 130kmh.

Two police vehicles pursued the car to the dead-end on Port Curtis Road where two of the vehicle's occupants attempted to escape, Sergeant Walsh said. "They ran a couple of hundred metres into the bush,'' he said.

"One of the teenagers remained in the car.''

At press time last night, the three were being questioned about a break-and-enter in Mackay.

r A woman died and two men were injured when their car overturned during a police pursuit yesterday about 8am near the South-East Queensland town of Goondiwindi. Police said the red Ford sedan swerved sharply to avoid tyre-deflation spikes deployed on the Cunningham Highway at Brigalow, before skidding and rolling over several times. A spokesman said the woman in the rear of the car, who had to be freed by Queensland Fire and Rescue officers, died in hospital from her injuries.



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