FIVE teenagers – including two aged just 13 and 14 – have been arrested and charged after allegedly leading police on a dramatic cross-border pursuit in a stolen car overnight.
Police said officers spotted a 15-year-old boy was driving the Subaru Forester north along Tweed Valley Way at Tumbulgum around 5.30am on Tuesday.
Officers attempted to intercept the vehicle, which had been reported stolen from Tugun on the southern Gold Coast the day before, but the driver allegedly failed to stop.
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Police initiated a pursuit but were forced to call it off for safety reasons a short time later after the Subaru allegedly reached speeds of 120km/h in a 100 zone.
The Subaru was later spotted on the Pacific Highway, travelling north across the state border into Queensland.
The vehicle allegedly crossed the border a number of times before stopping at Tweed Heads around 10.50pm.
Police said that’s when five teenagers pilled out of the vehicle, which had come to a stop on Rosella Close.
With assistance from the Queensland Police Dog Unit, the 15-year-old driver and two female passengers, aged 14 and 17, were arrested and taken to Tweed Heads Police Station.
They were joined by a 13-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl who were arrested a short time later.
The 15-year-old driver has since been charged with a long list of offences, including dishonestly obtain financial advantage, two counts of police pursuit and drive conveyance taken without consent of owner.
All four passengers were each charged with being carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner, entering enclosed land and resisting police.
The 14 and 17-year-old girls were also charged with possessing implements to enter/drive conveyance, possessing housebreaking implements and having stolen goods in custody.
The driver along with the 13-year-old boy and 17-year-old girl were all refused bail and due to front a Children’s Court today.
The 14 and 16-year-old girls were granted conditional bail and will appear before a Children’s Court on April 27.
Police from Tweed/Byron Police District are investigating the incident and are urging anyone with information to come forward.
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