A 17-year-old boy has been charged with a number of driving offences after allegedly driving erratically and drunk with passengers in his vehicle.
Officers with Operation TORIC said they saw a Holden Commodore sedan allegedly speeding, tailgating and flashing its lights at cars ahead of it on the Tuggeranong Parkway at about 10:15 pm on Saturday (29 October).
Police moved their unmarked vehicle to follow the sedan, and said the car was recorded travelling at 155 km/h.
When police activated their lights and sirens the driver of the sedan allegedly failed to stop. There was a short pursuit before it pulled over on Gungahlin Drive.
When the 17-year-old driver was arrested, police found three passengers in the vehicle. A check of the Commodore found both rear tyres were “completely bald”.
A passenger told officers the driver had aimed to try and outrun police, but was convinced by those in the car to stop.
Police said the driver refused to undergo a roadside alcohol screening test. He was taken to City Police Station where he underwent breath analysis, which allegedly returned a result of 0.110.
The teenager was charged with:
- failing to stop a motor vehicle for police
- aggravated reckless driving
- refusing to undergo a screening test
- drink driving
- driving an unsafely maintained vehicle.
Since Operation TORIC began in August, 122 people have been apprehended and 310 charges laid. Of those arrests, 57 occurred in October.
Anyone with information relating to dangerous driving on ACT roads has been urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.