Three male youths were arrested late yesterday afternoon (Saturday, September 18) after a police pursuit in which stop sticks were successfully deployed to deflate the tyres of the stolen car.
Around 4pm yesterday members of Belconnen Patrol, Traffic Operations, SRS-TR and the RAPID team were called to Holt after receiving reports that a white Holden Commodore sedan, stolen from Mitchell earlier in the day, was in the area.
Police located the stolen car on Britten Jones Drive around 4.30pm, but the vehicle failed to stop when directed.
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A 20-minute pursuit then ensued through Holt, Higgins and Latham, at speeds of up to 95km/h. Police deployed stops sticks in the path of the stolen vehicle on Starke Street, Holt.
Despite the front and rear tyres of the car being deflated by the stop sticks, the vehicle continued to be driven onto Southern Cross Drive where it was eventually involved in a minor collision with a marked police car, which had blocked one lane of traffic.
The three juveniles, two aged 14 years and the other 15 years, then attempted to escape on foot but were quickly apprehended and conveyed to the ACT Watch House.
Two of the youths were charged with riding in a stolen motor vehicle. They were released and will face court at a later date.
The third youth, aged 14 and from Canberra’s northern suburbs, has been charged with breach of bail, reckless/dangerous driving, being an unlicensed driver, damage to property and driving a motor vehicle without consent.
He will appear in the ACT Children’s Court tomorrow (Monday, September 20).Police investigations into the incident are ongoing. Anyone who may have seen the three youths and the vehicle in the Holt, Higgins or Latham areas late on Saturday afternoon and can provide police with information are urged to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the website at www.act.crimestoppers.com.au.