Teens released with a caution over wild Gold Coast police chase

Two of three teenagers who allegedly led police on a dangerous chase across the northern Gold Coast in an alleged stolen car have been let off with a caution, the State’s top cop has confirmed.

The wild scenes unfolded around 12.30pm on Wednesday, when a Hyundai Tucson was spotted by officers near the Pacific Pines shopping centre.

The vehicle was tracked all the way to Green Meadows Road at Pimpama, where three teenagers allegedly fled into nearby bushland before being arrested a short time later.


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A 15-year-old boy from Pacific Pines has been charged with one count of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and one count of driving without a licence.

He’s been denied police bail and is due to appear in Southport Magistrates Court at a later date.

The two other teenagers, a 16-year-old Parkwood girl and 16-year-old Hope Island boy, were also charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle, however the pair have been released with a caution after being dealth with under the Youth Justice Act.

Queensland’s Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll has defended the decision to release the teens, saying it was “completely appropriate”.

“They were cautioned under the Youth Justice Act because they had no previous history,” Commissioner Carroll said.

“So when we do that, and that should be done, that really does divert people from future crime.

“I’ve got to leave that to my detectives, to my police, to prosecutors, to make that call… but if you don’t have any history I expect young children to be given a second chance and to learn.”

The State’s top cop said cautions and offender diversion programs have had the desired effect for the majority of young offenders in the past.

“We have had extraordinary success with these types of programs [Project Booyah],” Commissioner Carroll said.

“Certainly diversion, caution, restorative justice, these intense programs, they’re extremely successful.”

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And You Wonder Why The Federal Government Are Going After Anastasia And Her Government THEY NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT AT ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT

I jokingly said “they will be out tomorrow” and low and behold, they are, no wonder teens steal cars and menace the general public, the punishments are so minimal, how many innocents have to die before something is done?

 “I expect young children to be given a second chance and to learn.”
Learn how to be a better criminal next time.

“We have had extraordinary success with these types of programs [Project Booyah]”
Booyah, that’s what the teen says after they realise they just got away scot-free for a serious crime.

just because they haven’t been caught before even though it’s probably the 10 car they have stolen, our justice system for both juvenile and adult offenders is so broken I don’t know if there will ever be a way to fix it with these weak government officials in charge

And who pays for all this?
The car will be insured and the government pays the public servants to go and chase these crims down.
The $$ cost to the community is enormous.
Higher insurance and greater taxes and the inconvenience caused all borne by us the tax payers.
Booyah!!!

A caution you have to be kidding. Time this govt actually does something to keep us really safe. This mob is pathetic.

“We have had extraordinary success with these types of programs [Project Booyah],” Commissioner Carroll said. “Certainly diversion, caution, restorative justice, these intense programs, they’re extremely successful.”
Wow really, so much so that an innocent couple were killed last week as a result of an offender with a previous history of driving offences being let out under this very same program. Maybe time for another job Commissioner if that is how you measure success on your watch.

We need someone in government that actually cares about public safety. We just recently had a young family killed. Now idiots with no respect for the law or people walk a way. No doubt laughing and saying that was easy must do it again soon.
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