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Chasing the Mazdas of Tuggeranong

By johnboy 2 August 2012 26

ACT Policing has arrested a 16-year-old teenager after a two vehicle pursuit in Canberra’s south early this morning (Thursday, August 2).

Around 2.45am, police sighted two reported stolen vehicles, a white Mazda Bravo utility and a white Mazda 121, travelling southbound on the Tuggeranong Parkway.

Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but both vehicles failed to stop and a pursuit commenced.

Police pursued the two vehicles along the Tuggeranong Parkway and onto Drakeford Drive, where the vehicles separated. A General Duties Patrol pursued the Mazda Bravo onto Erindale Drive, while a second General Duties Patrol continued to pursue the Mazda 121 along Drakeford Drive.

Police pursued the Mazda 121 for approximately 10 minutes, with the pursuit being terminated after the vehicle turned right onto Woodcock Drive onto the incorrect side of the road.

The Mazda 121 was later located by police abandoned in Gordon. Enquiries into the identity of the driver are ongoing.

Police pursued the Mazda Bravo along Erindale Drive and into Charleston Street where the vehicle came to a stop after leaving the road and entering grassland.

The 16-year-old driver was apprehended by police and taken to the ACT Watch House, where he is expected to be charged with various traffic related offences including driving a stolen motor vehicle, failing to stop for police and dangerous driving.

The maximum speed reached during the two pursuits was 162km/h in an 80km/h zone. No other vehicles were on the road at the time of either pursuit.

The 16-year-old teenager will appear in ACT Children’s Court today where police will be opposing bail.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Cheap 4:03 pm 04 Aug 12

KeenGolfer said :

Cheap said :

One needs only look at the fatality rates for car chases in the US to see how wrong you are

Do you know the figures from US pursuit fatalties or is that just plucked out of thin air?

Whilst the data is very hard to determine due to different jurisdictions and recording of pursuits and incidents, data suggests that < 0.1% of pursuits in Australia end in a fatality and likely < 0.3% of USA pursuits end in a fatality.

There are around 300 deaths from pursuits in the USA every year, and considering there are likely to be 100,000 pursuits or more (no figures are available) their figures aren't so bad IMO. Australia has up to 10,000 pursuits every year, but again figures are hard to obtain. There is no doubt that US police have a lot more leniency in their pursuit policies than Aus police, but I'm not sure that is reflected in the figures.

I sure do know the figures, 20-40% of US chases end in injury. I can’t remember the injury statistics for Australia but I know they’re a lot less.

I haven’t seen the particular stats that you’re referring to, but I don’t think triple the fatalities per 100,000 is anything to be laughed at.

KeenGolfer 3:46 pm 04 Aug 12

Cheap said :

One needs only look at the fatality rates for car chases in the US to see how wrong you are

Do you know the figures from US pursuit fatalties or is that just plucked out of thin air?

Whilst the data is very hard to determine due to different jurisdictions and recording of pursuits and incidents, data suggests that < 0.1% of pursuits in Australia end in a fatality and likely < 0.3% of USA pursuits end in a fatality.

There are around 300 deaths from pursuits in the USA every year, and considering there are likely to be 100,000 pursuits or more (no figures are available) their figures aren't so bad IMO. Australia has up to 10,000 pursuits every year, but again figures are hard to obtain. There is no doubt that US police have a lot more leniency in their pursuit policies than Aus police, but I'm not sure that is reflected in the figures.

Cheap 11:56 am 04 Aug 12

HenryBG said :

Cheap said :

Rhino, the point is that if they continued the chase then the 121 driver would keep driving on the wrong side of the road which could result in a fatality. It’s easier to let him get away for now and potentially spare a human life.

And the *real* point missed by the brain-dead do-gooder leftie scumbag crimlovers is: by letting crims know that they can get away if they just do something dangerous, there will be more fatalities caused by more crims doing something dangerous. And more crims getting away to do more dangerous things without getting caught. Ad infinitum.

As for people blaming the police when a scumbag car thief kills somebody – essentially these complainers are all a bunch of crims themselves. Somebody should search their houses and arrest them all for possession of drugs and stolen property.

One needs only look at the fatality rates for car chases in the US to see how wrong you are

krash 10:39 am 04 Aug 12

Antagonist said :

davo101 said :

What is it about Mazda 121s? Last time they only managed to get to 140 but the press release doesn’t say which of the two vehicles made it to 162. Can you get a Bravo up to that kind of speed?

I call BS on the ability of either car to reach 162 km/h. My money is on the cops reaching this speed.

A simple google search:

1985 Mazda 121 1.1 max speed is 149km/h
1985 Mazda 121 1.3 16v max speed is 175km/h
1991 Mazda 121 GLX max speed is 156km/h

Top speed for a Mazda Bravo (1998 – 2006) was a little more difficult to find, but I found some:

2004 B2500 2.5TD 84bhp max speed 140km/h
2004 B2500 2.5TD 109bhp max speed 146km/h

More searching revealed that the max speed for a Mazda Bravo is 115mph (185km/h).

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 9:15 am 04 Aug 12

What sort of moron condones police driving on the wrong side of the road? What exactly were they supposed to do?
It’s not a ideal outcome, but it’s better than a head on collision with a innocent family.

The tech is available, gps emitters fired from a rifle. Stick it to a car and you know where they are and can guess where they are headed.

Or lol, the old classic some bell end suggested, a desert eagle or 50 cal to the engine block ?_?

HenryBG 8:30 am 04 Aug 12

Cheap said :

Rhino, the point is that if they continued the chase then the 121 driver would keep driving on the wrong side of the road which could result in a fatality. It’s easier to let him get away for now and potentially spare a human life.

And the *real* point missed by the brain-dead do-gooder leftie scumbag crimlovers is: by letting crims know that they can get away if they just do something dangerous, there will be more fatalities caused by more crims doing something dangerous. And more crims getting away to do more dangerous things without getting caught. Ad infinitum.

As for people blaming the police when a scumbag car thief kills somebody – essentially these complainers are all a bunch of crims themselves. Somebody should search their houses and arrest them all for possession of drugs and stolen property.

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