Teenage boy arrested in NSW after two police pursuits, crash in allegedly stolen car – ABC News

Teenage boy arrested in NSW after two police pursuits, crash in allegedly stolen car - ABC News

A teenager has been arrested after a prolonged police pursuit across southern NSW ended in a dramatic crash in Wagga Wagga yesterday afternoon.

The 17-year-old boy was driving an allegedly stolen Holden SUV and covered almost 400 kilometres before being detained by police.

The car was reported stolen in Nowra and the teenager was initially pursued by police along the Princess Highway just before 11am, but the chase was called off due to safety concerns.

At 5pm, a second chase with Gundagai police on the Hume Highway was also terminated, but the car hit road spikes laid west of Wagga shortly afterwards, damaging the front tires.

The pursuit came to an end when the driver attempted to avoid a second set of spikes laid at Forest Hill on the outskirts of Wagga but collided with a ute and rolled.

Traffic light on its side, police vehicle in background on busy road.
The pedestrian taffic lights were knocked over during the final crash.(Supplied)

The teenager escaped the car and attempted to flee the scene on foot but was arrested at a nearby residence shortly afterwards.

He was taken to hospital under police guard.

The teenager has been charged with a string of offences, including not stopping during a police pursuit, driving dangerously and learner not accompanied.

An outstanding warrant for property offences was also executed and the teenager will face children’s court today.

Image of white car on its side seriously damaged with emergency services in rear.
Police say the car rolled before hitting a tree, and the teenager fled the scene on foot.(Supplied)

The crash occurred opposite a local primary school.

“One of the cars hit the traffic lights,” RFS spokesperson Greg Allen said.

The RFS undertook a clean-up operation after the light was knocked over in the crash, and the road littered with debris from both cars.

Source: abc.net.au

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