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.
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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.