Girl called cops to catch free lift

A TEENAGER who phoned police and said she had been abandoned and needed help was actually trying to score a lift home because she'd run out of money.

Ashleigh Peta Van Der Woude told police she was at a Brisbane St service station in the late hours of October 12 and said she needed help. She told police she was "all alone" and had been "abandoned" by her friends.

Police came to the 17-year-old's aid but when they got there she was nowhere to be found.

Police tracked her down to an address in Raceview where she admitted to fabricating the story.

Van Der Woude told police she had just wanted to get to her boyfriend's house and "wanted them to give her a free service".

The teen faced Ipswich Magistrates Court this week and pleaded guilty to improper use of an emergency call service - false belief.

Defence lawyer Greg Ploetz said he could only attribute his client's behaviour to being "young and foolish".

"She didn't realise it was an offence - the truth is she didn't have any money," Mr Ploetz said.

Mr Ploetz said it appeared Van Der Woude did not think before she phoned 000.

Magistrate Michael Quinn said emergency services were there for "emergencies only".

He said police didn't need to take care of "this piece of nonsense" and that her actions were "bizarre".

"I hope you realise how important emergency services are," Mr Quinn said.

Van Der Woude was released on a $450, three month good behaviour bond with no conviction recorded.



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