Teen?s joyride ends in crash



A 16-YEAR-OLD'S alleged joyride turned into disaster when he crashed a stolen car into a tree as he attempted to evade police early yesterday.

Police yesterday charged the Rockhampton teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, with several offences, including three counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and stealing.

About 2.30am, the teenager crashed an allegedly stolen early model red Toyota sedan into a tree at the end of Quay Street.

Rockhampton police communications officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Shane Thomas said initial efforts to intercept the car, being driven "erratically'' along East Street, failed.

Senior Sergeant Thomas said a short pursuit followed.

"The driver of the car lost control and skidded into a small tree,'' Senior Sergeant Thomas said.

"There were no injuries and (there) appears to be minimal damage to the car.''

He said the pursuit never went above 100kmh.

It is alleged that earlier in the night the teenager moved two other cars, a Nissan Pulsar and a Ford Falcon, pushing the vehicles away from their owner's homes before attempting to start them, which he was unable to do.

Rockhampton police Juvenile Aid Bureau Detective Senior Sergeant Darrell How said the teenager was yesterday released on conditional bail.

He will appear at Rockhampton Children's Court on Monday.



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