A GROUP of teenagers on a joy-ride in a stolen ute were arrested in dramatic scenes on the Gold Coast overnight.
Police spotted the white Crewman utility in Merrimac around 10pm on Thursday and followed closely without initiating a pursuit.
It’s alleged the same driver evaded police around three hours prior. A registration check of the vehicle confirmed it was stolen from a Mount Tamborine address on Tuesday.
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Officers kept their distance as they followed the ute while it entered the Pacific Motorway, which at one point was estimated to be travelling at around 140km/h through northbound roadworks at Mudgeeraba.
Stingers were then deployed on Robina Parkway as the driver exited the M1 around 10.30pm.
The 17-year-old male driver hit the brakes and avoided the spikes, but all four occupants – two boys and two girls aged 15-17 – were detained as they ran from the car.
A number of stolen credit cards were also found in the ute. Police are yet to lay charges.