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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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26 Responses to
Chasing the Mazdas of Tuggeranong
MissChief 1:33 pm 03 Aug 12

A Mully-Mongrel legacy perhaps? Interestingly Mazda was his choice of stolen car.

Jungle Jim 11:23 am 03 Aug 12

HenryBG said :

The message I’m getting from this is, “If being chased by police, do something dangerous and they’ll let you get away”.

This couldn’t possibly come back to bite us…

I can’t believe I’m in agreement with HenryBG, but I am.

HenryBG 7:32 am 03 Aug 12

The message I’m getting from this is, “If being chased by police, do something dangerous and they’ll let you get away”.

This couldn’t possibly come back to bite us…

screaming banshee 7:28 am 03 Aug 12

Antagonist said :

you would save yourself the embarrassment of being seen in public driving a dirty rotary.

You mean in between the regular apex seal changes

Antagonist 11:11 pm 02 Aug 12

Growling Ferret said :

A 1976 Mazda 121, converted to an RX5 with a nice 13B or 13B turbo would have no worries getting to 160kmh…

You could also achieve the same by dropping it over the side of the Clyde. The Clyde being the preferable option since you would save yourself the embarrassment of being seen in public driving a dirty rotary.

Growling Ferret 9:22 pm 02 Aug 12

A 1976 Mazda 121, converted to an RX5 with a nice 13B or 13B turbo would have no worries getting to 160kmh…

milkman 8:50 pm 02 Aug 12

Martlark said :

121s are easy to steal. They are also amongst the most dangerous cars to be in if crashing.

I crashed one once (quite badly actually) and was fortunate to walk away without a scratch.

rezenebe 8:41 pm 02 Aug 12

No mention in the report of the pursuit along Hurtle Ave, Bonython at 2.50am with the 121 leading a police sedan and station wagon on a merry chase towards Drakeford Drive.

Pork Hunt 7:14 pm 02 Aug 12

Society is doomed. If car thieves stoop so low as to steal Mazda 121’s, what hope is there?

What a bunch of gay bar loitering, nancy boy trannies this lot must be…

bundah 6:06 pm 02 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.

They might have been right up their clacka giving them a gentle nudge.

davo101 4:34 pm 02 Aug 12

Antagonist said :

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

Good point I hadn’t considered that interpretation.

Martlark said :

121s are easy to steal. They are also amongst the most dangerous cars to be in if crashing.

Don’t know about that, some of those new Chinese jobbies seem to be very flimsy.

Antagonist 4:08 pm 02 Aug 12

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.

Martlark 2:49 pm 02 Aug 12

121s are easy to steal. They are also amongst the most dangerous cars to be in if crashing.

grunge_hippy 2:22 pm 02 Aug 12

zoom zoom indeed.

121’s can get along nicely on a hill. very light and small. Someone stole my dad’s and tried to burn it out, but forgot that once you shut the door with little fuel and oxygen, it goes out. car stealing fail. It still goes along quite nicely, but smelt a bit burnt for a while.

davo101 1:36 pm 02 Aug 12

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?

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