A teenage prisoner has been charged after allegedly absconding from a hospital in northern NSW.
The 15-year-old boy was due to return to a juvenile correctional centre in Grafton from a local hospital, when he absconded from custody about 5.30am on Monday.
Police launched a major manhunt for the teen and stopped a Holden Commodore on River Street in West Ballina, just after 2pm.
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Officers spoke to the driver of the vehicle, a 22-year-old woman, when they became suspicious.
They then searched the car and discovered the teenager hiding in the boot of the vehicle.
The pair were arrested at the scene and have since been charged with a string of offences.
The boy has been charged with detainee attempt/escape lawful custody and contravene prohibition/restriction in AVO (domestic).
While the woman has been charged with employ/harbour detainee knowing to have escaped custody, drive with passenger in/on part of vehicle not permitted and drive motor vehicle during disqualification period.