Teen driver charged after pursuit

A TEENAGER who evaded police for more than six hours as he drove north from Gladstone has been charges with a string of offences.

Police yesterday said the 17-year-old was caught and arrested when his vehicle ran out of petrol 25km north of Bowen about 9pm on New Year’s Eve.

The chain of events had earlier come to police attention after a person failed to pay for fuel at a Gladstone service station some time before 3pm.

Police made several attempts to intercept his vehicle.

There were reports of the car doing more than 160 kmh and swerving around stinger traps set up by police.

Sergeant Mark Camilleri from Townsville police said they spotted the car at 8.40pm.

The unlicensed driver was charged with 13 counts including two charges of shop stealing, four charges for evading police and two charges for failing to stop.

He was released after being taken into police custody in Townsville and is expected to appear in Bowen Magistrates Court on February 9.

During the pursuit a black Ford Territory was seen crossing double lines to overtake three cars north of Parkhurst.



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