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Mayhem in Manuka

XO_VSOP 9 July 2010 43

[First filed: Jul 8, 2010 @ 13:22]

Manuka police presence

It looks to be a car chase in Manuka, street sectioned off… 8 police cars ? anyone know more?

ED – Rikstr also posted the following:

I missed it but does anyone know what happend in Mankua at Lunch today?

Looked like an unmarked VW GOLF R32 chased down a Falcon and there was a crash in the Western carpark.

UPDATE: Holden Caulfield has posted the following:

I was just in Manuka for lunch and while looking for a car park noticed there had been a bit of kerfuffle on Furneaux Street. The road was blocked between Franklin and Bouganville Streets and there were several Police cars on site. Whatever the drama was it was over when we got there (approx 1pm).

However, we could see three cars huddled together and it appeared at least two were involved in some sort of crash. The way these cars were parked and the direction they were facing it looked like one of the cars may have rammed the other off the road into the car parks opposite Bamboozle (according to this Google Maps reference).

I just checked the ACT Policing website and there was nothing there about the incident. I have some wildly uneducated theories, but figured it was best to open it up to the floor: does anyone know what really happened?

FURTHER UPDATE: Thanks to ozhair for the tip, here’s Jellyrocket1’s YouTube of the chase finale:

ANOTHER UPDATE: The Canberra Times has a couple more details including that three youths might have been arrested.

The update we’ve been waiting for: Here’s the police account of proceedings:

ACT Policing apprehended three juvenile males this afternoon (Thursday 8 July) following a pursuit in Canberra’s south.

About 12:04pm a police K9 patrol in Fisher sighted a stolen early model gold coloured Ford Falcon sedan and attempted to perform a traffic stop.

The vehicle was identified as having been stolen from a car park in Mawson overnight.

The vehicle was pursued by police for around two minutes when the pursuit was terminated in Curtin. A second police vehicle recommenced the pursuit a short time later.

The pursuit ran for approximately 17 minutes in total. The offending vehicle stopped after colliding with two stationary vehicles on Furneaux Street, Griffith. Police immediately apprehended and arrested the vehicle’s occupants.

The alleged offenders, a 15-year-old, a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old from South Canberra will face the ACT Children’s Court tomorrow morning charged with taking a motor vehicle without authority and traffic offences including unlicensed driving, furious/reckless/dangerous driving and failing to stop. Further charges may be laid.

One more update for the road: The ABC has the court appearance and a bit of a crusade against police pursuits.


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cleo cleo 1:47 am 10 Jul 10

Good I’m glad the police are showing zero tolerance, maybe other little turds will think twice.

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 10:09 pm 09 Jul 10

bundyjack27 said :

AS #7

Seriously you are a F Witt, you really have no idea do you, Looser!

Looser than what?

bundyjack27 bundyjack27 6:20 pm 09 Jul 10

AS #7

Seriously you are a F Witt, you really have no idea do you, Looser!

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 1:05 pm 09 Jul 10

The Crimes is reporting the driver of the silver Golf R32 is a bit of a hero:

”Some people would say what he did was heroic, he definitely stopped that gold car from hitting a pedestrian.”

p1 p1 11:53 am 09 Jul 10

Mully may not have risen from the dead just yet, but the Canberra Times has invoked his holy name reporting this story.

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 10:35 am 09 Jul 10

Big up to the boys and girls in blue on this one. The offenders ran, the chase was abandoned when it wasn’t feasible, but rapid communication and coordination seem to have brought these numpties undone. Nothing says win like smarts and force combined.

afcack afcack 10:31 am 09 Jul 10

i saw this mayhem too, couldnt get near the sushi shop for lunch as there were roadworks at the other end of manuka.

does anyone know what was happening in front of the carpark next to mcdonalds? i saw 2 more police cars, one guy talking to a police woman and another 40 or so year old guy in business attire handcuffed and having his pockets checked before being put int the back of the police car–seemingly unrelated to the pursuit…but strange nonethless…

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 9:33 am 09 Jul 10

bailes23 said :

Was the R32 crashed into? In the video the R32 is parked on the other side of the street. Another silver golf is crashed into. Unless that is also an R32??

Yes, the silver Golf is an R32 as well.

fgzk fgzk 8:47 am 09 Jul 10

“What possible benefit can more than 3 or 4 pursuing cars bring?”

It would make blocking in the car being chased easier. In the video you can see police cars converging from all directions. This has to be the best way to pursue stolen vehicles. Canberra roads have only a few ways out. The police have great communications and coordination. Even if the miscreants flee on foot the dogs can track them down.

GG Fear is a motivator to ignore the evidence. They will fear being caught. I doubt they will fear breaking the law. The evidence would suggest breaking the law is what gets them in trouble. At some stage they will have to develop “respect” for the community, the law and themselves.

bailes23 bailes23 7:47 am 09 Jul 10

AndyC said :

On the upside – if the owner of the now bent and broken R32 reads this, I would be more than happy to offer you good cash for your stero and upgraded dash 🙂

Was the R32 crashed into? In the video the R32 is parked on the other side of the street. Another silver golf is crashed into. Unless that is also an R32??

dr phil dr phil 10:12 pm 08 Jul 10

this sort of incident always shows us the “NEW” un-marked police cars on the road….

WonderfulWorld WonderfulWorld 9:34 pm 08 Jul 10

Yay for the police!

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 8:57 pm 08 Jul 10

Good on the cops for catching them. Hopefully other little criminals might be a bit more afraid to do the same.

frank2112 frank2112 7:06 pm 08 Jul 10

At one point they were all over Curtin as well. Saw lots of cop cars with stop sticks but didn’t see who they were chasing. Must have been every traffic resource they had chasing this one

Pork Hunt Pork Hunt 6:45 pm 08 Jul 10

They’ll no doubt be out on bail before sundown on Friday ready to wreak havoc on the unsuspecting.

16 cop cars involved in the chase?

Have the AFP watched Smokey and the Bandit too many times or what?

What possible benefit can more than 3 or 4 pursuing cars bring?

Funky1 Funky1 5:48 pm 08 Jul 10

If there were all in on the chase, was Kenny Koala and his little white car involved too??

AndyC AndyC 5:37 pm 08 Jul 10

miamoto7 said :

I heard from one of the store owners on that street that the Golf belongs to and was driven by a chef from Beluccis… and that he rammed the brown car into the parked traffic to cut it off. She also said that the police in pursuit approached the vehicle and smashed the windows with their batons to get the offender out! Scary stuff!

Of course, its all rumour and heresay for now….

Bent R32’s make me sad 🙁 They are an endangered species ya know!
(Yes, when I read R32 I did double check outside my window before I read the rest of the article, to make sure no-one had knocked mine off…)

On the upside – if the owner of the now bent and broken R32 reads this, I would be more than happy to offer you good cash for your stero and upgraded dash 🙂

You You 5:19 pm 08 Jul 10

Now bring on the flood of people who will complain about police chases being too dangerous….

cranky cranky 5:14 pm 08 Jul 10

A great result for the AFP. Love it when they collar these little turds.

Heard today that the little dears who stole a friends much loved classic car, and proceeded to total it, damaged themselves so badly in the process they are still in hospital about a week later.

Unfortunately about the only justice they will receive, as a slap on the wrist will await them when they front court.

BenMac BenMac 5:04 pm 08 Jul 10

just wish he’d shot the extra seconds to show just who was getting out of the big black 4wd

That would be SRS. Specialist Response and Security

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