14-year-old joyrider smashes into three cars, eludes police with 11-year-old riding shotgun

by | May 12, 2020 | Cops | 0 comments

A 14-year old boy who allegedly crashed a stolen car into three other vehicles at different intersections between Leanyer and Casuarina has been arrested, NT Police say, after multiple attempts.

His 11-year old accomplice meanwhile will allegedly be dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act in relation to stealing and aggravated unlawful use of motor vehicle.

NT Police said that on May 8 at around 5:00pm, the pair found a set of car keys in a Leanyer carpark. They deliberately searched for the car that matched the keys, police say, and upon finding the matching vehicle, they drove it out of the carpark.

At about 5:40pm, the vehicle crashed into three other vehicles at various intersections in separate incidents between Leanyer and Casuarina, leaving the scenes immediately after each crash.

Police said fortunately no vehicle occupants suffered injuries.

About fifteen minutes later, the vehicle was sighted again driving dangerously on Sanderson Oval near people.

The teen and his accomplice later fuelled up the stolen vehicle at two petrol stations and drove off without paying.

At about 9:20pm, police sighted the vehicle again in Tiwi and commenced a pursuit when it failed to stop.

NT police eventually lost sight of the vehicle in Anula.

It was then located in Malak at 6:00am the following day, May 9.

NT Police’s Strike Force Trident identified the 14-year-old and conducted a search warrant at his residential address. It was not clear if the boy is also from Malak.

The teen faces charges of stealing, driving without due care, and not stopping after crash. Additionally, he is also charged with aggravated unlawful use of motor vehicle, driving unlicensed, driving a vehicle causing loss of traction, and driving in a dangerous manner during pursuit.

He is scheduled to appear in the Darwin Youth Justice Court on Friday, May 15th.

Meanwhile, the 11-year old juvenile was spoken to and will be dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act 2005 in relation to stealing and aggravated unlawful use of motor vehicle, police said.

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