Courts hear of five-hour police chase over 175km

AN ALLEGED teenage burglary gang led police on a 175km chase from Kandanga to Mt Gravatt on Thursday night.

Four of the five alleged gang members are children, two of them 14, one 15 and another 16.

The fifth, a still unidentified 18-year-old, was due to appear yesterday in Pine Rivers Magistrates Court.

Police said the incident, which began at Kandanga at 3.45pm, had finished in the south-east Brisbane suburb of Mackenzie about five hours later.

Those alleged to have been involved are all male, according to police statements on the case.

All five of the alleged gang members were due to appear in courts in Gympie and Pine Rivers yesterday on a range of charges, including burglary and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

The 15-year-old, accused of driving a 4WD stolen from a Kandanga Creek Rd property, was charged with 22 offences, including burglary and unlawful use.

He was arrested after abandoning the vehicle in Sankeys Rd, Federal.

Of two other vehicles allegedly involved, a quad bike was found abandoned.

The third vehicle, a dual cab utility, driven by a 14-year-old, was tracked by the police helicopter Polair to Bald Hills, on Brisbane's north side.

Despite successful deployment of a tyre deflation device, the vehicle continued on its rims along the Gateway Motorway, police have claimed.

At about 8.50pm on the Mount Gravatt-Capalaba Rd exit, the vehicle allegedly got out of control and stopped in a drain.

The driver was charged with failing to stop a motor vehicle and suffered minor injuries.

The three male passengers, 18, 16 and 14 were not injured.

The incident had dramatic moments with police abandoning pursuit at one stage, in response to alleged dangerous driving.

Following at a distance, police say one vehicle drove on the wrong side of the Old Bruce Hwy south from Kybong, nearly colliding with other cars.

Gympie Times

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