‘Joy-ride’ lands teen in hospital – and then in court

TWO juveniles have been charged after an alleged late-night joy-ride on a stolen motorbike landed one of them in hospital.

Around 3am yesterday an ambulance was called to Frenchville where a 15-year-old boy had suffered minor injuries after coming off the back of the motorbike.

Somewhere between 5pm and 9pm on Sunday, a 15-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy allegedly went into an unsecured shed on a Glendale property and took one of the four motorcycles which was in there.

After realising they couldn't turn it on without a key, they returned it to the shed and allegedly stole a dirt bike, which they hid in nearby bushland before returning hours later with fuel for it.

Police said that sometime after midnight the pair took the motorbike on a "joy-ride" back to Rockhampton where they met up with friends in Frenchville.

Sergeant Mary-Anne Calis, officer-in-charge of the property crime unit, said the 15-year-old was showing off on the motorbike when he lost control and flipped the bike, which landed on him.

An ambulance was called to the scene just after 3am and took him to Rockhampton Hospital, where he was met by police.

The teens have each been charged with two counts of entering a dwelling and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

The 15-year-old has also been charged with a string of traffic offences and is being held in custody at the Rockhampton watch house.

He was already on bail for another serious offence on Friday night, where he allegedly threatened a restaurant owner with a knife.



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