15 June 2022

Teens charged over cross-border drive in allegedly stolen vehicle

| Claire Fenwicke
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The teens are accused of stealing a Toyota Camry from a driveway before driving it across the ACT and into NSW. Photo: File.

Two 16-year-olds have been charged with multiple offences after a car was stolen in Canberra and taken across the border.

Police received reports that at about 9:30 am yesterday (14 June) a white Toyota Camry had been stolen from a driveway in Campbell. The vehicle had been left running while the owner was inside the house.

At about 12:30 pm, officers were alerted the vehicle was in Theatre Lane in the City.

As police parked in front of the Camry, it’s alleged the driver attempted to escape by repeatedly ramming both the police vehicle and a private parked vehicle. Both were significantly damaged in the multiple collisions.

Soon after the Camry drove off, the alleged 16-year-old passenger was arrested at the scene and charged with riding in a motor vehicle without consent and breach of bail.

Police pursued the Camry in Reid before the chase was called off due to public safety concerns.

Police were alerted the car had travelled into NSW on the Monaro Highway before returning to the ACT near Hume. The vehicle was allegedly seen speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, and at some points travelling on the wrong side of the road. Police said due to the nature of the driving, they chose not to give chase.

At about 1:10 pm, the Camry was tracked to the intersection of Yarra Glen and Melrose Drive in Phillip. Soon after, the 16-year-old alleged driver was found in a Hughes park and arrested.

The driver was charged with failing to stop for police, unlicensed driving, aggravated furious driving, driving a motor vehicle without consent, drug driving, driving at police, damaging a police vehicle, speeding and breach of bail.

Investigations are continuing. Anyone with dashcam video of the white Toyota Camry driving between 1 2:30 pm and 1:10 pm yesterday (Tuesday, 14 June) is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, quoting reference 7135017.

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