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Another “teenagers in high speed car chase” incident

By shanefos - 26 November 2007 20

Four teenagers have been arrested after a 45-minute car chase through Canberra’s southern suburbs.

Road spikes were needed to end the chase after a stolen Toyota Tarago reached speeds up to 120 kilometres an hour, police said.

The Age has this report.

Guess they’ll be free to steal more cars after a good talking to.

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James-T-Kirk 11:22 am 27 Nov 07

I don’t see what the problem is – They were probably just trying to get to the Cube – to discover their true identities……

Snahons_scv6_berlina 11:12 am 27 Nov 07

The biggest problem is that if crim’s catch on to the guidelines the first they will do is drive in such a way as to ensure the cops halt the pursuit. Once that happens they know they’ve won so to speak.

Crims should be hunted down and any damage from such a pursuit (including any harm to other citizens) should lay squarely on the crims feet and should be included in their charges.

Serendipity 11:03 am 27 Nov 07

Its not just about V8’s and high powered police vehicles, as I understand it. Its more about the cops conducting a pursuit within laid down guidelines that adopt the best safety principles for all involved. Even the average six cylinder Commodore or Falcon will do over 200ks and a modern Tarago will do a lot more than 120ks. It puts the cops into a dilema of chasing or not chasing and I guess they are dammed both ways. I think, providing they take safety of all into account, they should chase. If not the crooks will see it as open slather and know they will get away. I read about a device in America that can be pointed at a vehicle and when triggered electronically disrupt the running vehicles electronics causing it to stop. Also there are vehicle immobilisers that can be fitted to cars that can be shut down with such as a mobile telephone call, causing the car to stop.I am also aware that these are in some use in Australia but still under development. The cops are watching the outcome with interest, as I understand it with concerns that if they shut down a car at speed and the power steering/brakes etc are not working as a result it might cause a worse accident.
The secondary issue of offenders getting slaps on the wrist/suspended sentence serves to make the problem even worse. It might be the opposite in court situation where an electronic “motivator” might be fitted to certain judges/magistrates. Any thoughts?

Snahons_scv6_berlina 11:03 am 27 Nov 07

Are we sure the surname isn’t huggins ? c’mon everyone hug and go awwwwww

Mr Evil 10:00 am 27 Nov 07

“Remeber the last big police car chase – the ATM granny robber who was eventually boxed in in Ainslie, damaging a few police cars?

Yesterday he got a:

Suspended sentence.

He should at least have to pay for the damaged cars.”

And who was the Judge – well none other than the wonderful Justice Higgins!

Snahons_scv6_berlina 9:57 am 27 Nov 07

Clearly these kids won’t rise above your average dumb ass crim if all they’ve aimed for is a tarago.

VYBerlinaV8 9:28 am 27 Nov 07

I suspect, though, that having quick cars (ie big, tuned V8s, or even tweaked turbos) as pursuit cars may make people reconsider running from the cops, given that they would drive quick cars and have reasonably good levels of driver training.

Thumper 9:18 am 27 Nov 07

Just for once i’d like to see this little f*ckers get some pokey time.

The current softly sofly approach obviously doesn’t work.

shanefos 9:11 am 27 Nov 07

I saw an ad on the telly over the weekend for a “High Speed Pursuit” remote control set – complete with black V8 Ford or Holden (forgive my ignorance here) and “authentic police V8 Ford highway patrol car”.
So, nothing like encouraging those groups of kiddies that like to steal Tarago’s…

VYBerlinaV8 8:52 am 27 Nov 07

Do the cops use V8s any more? I’ve seen an XR6 Turbo, but not sure about any V8s these days (except perhaps highway patrol). That said, trying to outrun the cops is a pretty dumb thing to do (especially in a Tarago).

sepi 8:10 am 27 Nov 07

Remeber the last big police car chase – the ATM granny robber who was eventually boxed in in Ainslie, damaging a few police cars?

Yesterday he got a:

Suspended sentence.

He should at least have to pay for the damaged cars.

Felix the Cat 6:53 am 27 Nov 07

Even if the Tarago was capable of 180km/h what made these kids think they could outrun experienced police drivers in much more powerful/better vehicles? I think neanderthalsis is being a bit kind crediting them with a combined IQ of 120 – take off 100 and you would be closer I reckon.

bd84 12:10 am 27 Nov 07

Nothing makes Canberra like a high speed chase on a friday or saturday night involving 13/14yr old kids in a stolen car.

Always good for some viewing though, think one cop got confused at one point speeding down the street near here, sped east in the 60 zone about 100kph then back less than a minute later even faster. Any luck one day one of the fools they chase will write themselves off.. but then again we’d see all the do-gooder morons come out and have a whinge, think they could take them out at the same time?

Doctor Evil 10:33 pm 26 Nov 07

Stealing a Toyota Tarago?

What the hell is wrong with kids these days?

el ......VNBerlinaV8 8:46 pm 26 Nov 07

The more recent Taragos will push around 180km/h, allegedley.

Pandy 6:49 pm 26 Nov 07

Spike ’em thru the head. Society does not need these people.

threeze 5:14 pm 26 Nov 07

Jesus. I feel conflicted about this. One one hand you have little shits stealing cars (which is very, very bad) but on the other hand, to have the balls to get a Tarago up to 120? I almost salute that effort (I just wish they had done it on a track and not on a road and not in someone else’s vehicle).

neanderthalsis 4:18 pm 26 Nov 07

Honestly, if you were going to steal a car you would not steal a bongobus tarago. I think the combined IQs of these prepubescent reprobates is 120.

Deano 3:43 pm 26 Nov 07

Three of them were pushing.

Traitorsgate 3:39 pm 26 Nov 07

Didn’t think a Tarago was capable of 120kph.

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