12-year-old in car theft and chase

A 12-YEAR old boy is among the three youths to have been charged with stealing a car and leading police on a long-distance chase.

The owner of the white Mitsubishi Triton utility had stopped at a shop on Toongarra Rd, Leichhardt about 1.40pm Monday, when a 15-year-old boy entered the vehicle and drove off.

The ute stopped a short distance up the road, where a 13-year-old girl and 12-year-old boy hopped in.

A witness followed the vehicle for a short time as it travelled back through West Ipswich.

Police allege the stolen ute went through several red lights, before side swiping another vehicle on Fernvale Rd at Brassall.

Several police vehicles were called to the Marburg area, where the vehicle was spotted again.

Child protection and investigation unit Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Williams said while there was no actual police pursuit of the vehicle, police made several unsuccessful attempts to intercept the ute as it travelled along the Warrego Highway through Marburg, then north along Lowood-Minden Rd.

The three youths eventually stopped the car near a paddock at the intersection of Jensens Swamp Rd, where they tried to evade police on foot.

They were apprehended a short time later.

A 15-year-old boy was charged with a total of 10 offences including unlicensed driving, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, failing to stop, driving without due care and attention and obstruct police.

A 12-year-old boy was charged with a total of three offences including stealing and obstruct police, and a 13-year-old girl with one offence.

All three will be dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justices Act.



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