Teen in 450km joy ride

By CRAIG McTEAR

WHAT began as a hit and run in Coffs Harbour ended with two police officers injured 100km away at Frederickton yesterday.

Police allege a Queensland youth, 17, broke into a house at Eagle Heights in the Gold Coast hinterland overnight on Wednesday and stole keys to a silver 2004 Subaru Imprezza parked in the driveway.

At 7.10am on the Pacific Highway at Coffs Harbour's Macauleys Headland, he allegedly clipped the front of a southbound 2004 Mercedes sedan as he attempted to overtake it, causing minor damage.

The Subaru didn't stop and continued heading south.

The Mercedes driver, a Mullaway man, 27, and his passenger, a Mullaway woman, 40, were behind the car at the Bray Street traffic lights and rang police with the registration details. They then went to Coffs Harbour Police Station to make a statement.

Police in the area were alerted to the incident.

Shortly after, Macksville highway patrol police spotted the Subaru on the highway at Eungai Creek, south of Macksville, and tried to stop it, but the driver kept heading south, allegedly at high speed.

The police car pursued him and officers reported the driver overtook numerous vehicles.

North of Frederickton, waiting Kempsey police deployed road spikes to stop the car, but this failed and the vehicle headed into Frederickton, a 50km/h area, and turned off the highway into a side street.

The car drove around a couple of other streets before reaching a dead end.

The police car hit a ditch in the township during the pursuit, with both male officers suffering minor injuries.

With nowhere to go, the Subaru driver fled from the car.

The injured officers gave chase and apprehended the youth at 8.20am.

The youth was taken to Kempsey Police Station where he was charged with resisting arrest, possessing property stolen outside the State, driving while unlicensed and dangerous driving. He will appear in Port Macquarie Children's Court today.



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