Police take a 17-year-old into custody after a stolen red 1997 Ford Falcon was stopped with a stinger strip, following a police pursuit along the Bruce Highway.
Police take a 17-year-old into custody after a stolen red 1997 Ford Falcon was stopped with a stinger strip, following a police pursuit along the Bruce Highway. Chris Ison

Police sting nets runaways

UPDATE 1.15pm: THE driver of a stolen Ford Falcon arrested yesterday has been released from police custody and put under a curfew with his co-offender.

Police deployed stingers during the chase and the pursuit came to an end at 2pm yesterday afternoon when the car hit a stinger on Lower Dawson Road.

Detective Sergeant Nick Williams said the 17-year-old male driver had been charged with two counts of evading police, two of dangerous driving, five counts of stealing and one each of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and being an unlicensed driver.

His co-offender, also 17, has been charged with one count of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and three of stealing.

Both were granted bail yesterday and must report to police daily with a residential curfew between 7pm and 7am.

They are due to appear in court later this month.

UPDATE 10.30am: THE driver of a stolen Ford Falcon arrested yesterday after a dramatic highway pursuit faces 11 charges.

Police deployed stingers during the chase and the pursuit came to an end at 2pm yesterday afternoon when the car hit a stinger on Lower Dawson Road.

Detective Sergeant Nick Williams said the male driver had been charged with two counts of evading police, two of dangerous driving, five counts of stealing and one each of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and being an unlicensed driver.

He is due to appear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court today.

EARLIER: AS the tyres disintegrated with rubber and smoke flying from the rims, the stolen car came to a halt near McDonald's.

Three teenagers fled from the red Ford Falcon, but were quickly arrested by swarming police after a dramatic end to a highway pursuit yesterday.

Police deployed stingers on Rockhampton's outskirts which successfully deflated the vehicle's tyres around 2pm.

Senior Sergeant Marcus Cryer said the car was stolen from Brisbane.

He said the driver avoided stingers at Calliope before police terminated an attempt to intercept the vehicle near Marmor.

The pursuit came to an end on the corner of George and Fitzroy streets after the car hit the stinger device on Lower Dawson Road.

“We followed them to here. They ran a couple of red lights,” Senior Sergeant Cryer said from the scene yesterday afternoon.

Police said the car reached dangerous speeds and there were a number of petrol drive-offs reported.

Late yesterday no charges had been laid.

Police Media confirmed two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old were in the stolen car.

Speeds of 120km were recorded in a 100km zone and 90km speeds in a 70km zone along Gladstone Road in Rockhampton.

An employee from Wurth's Motorcycles, near where the pursuit came to an end, said he was on the phone when he heard the sirens.

He saw police chase a man across the car park.



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