Police pursuit of 14-year-old boy
HE’S only 14 but he’s led police on a dizzying chase through Coffs Harbour and left behind a trail of destruction.
Police allege he slammed into two cars, injuring one woman, ran red lights and crossed onto the wrong side of the road during the rampage.
His spree eventually came to an end when quick-thinking truckies blocked him on the Pacific Highway and chased him on foot.
The Nana Glen boy, who lives with carers, took off from his Orara Way home in a green Ford Falcon at 6pm on Wednesday. A patrol car later spotted the vehicle on Coramba Road at Coffs Harbour and gave chase.
Police allege he fled into West High Street and turned right at the Moonee Street roundabout on the wrong side of the road, where he struck a white Honda Odyssey driven by a 16-year-old learner driver who was under supervision.
The youth then hurtled out of control and side-swiped a stationary Holden Monaro, whose female passenger, 28, was taken to hospital with suspected fractured vertebrae.
The impact damaged the 14-year-old’s steering to such an extent one of the wheels flapped loosely as he tried to outrun police.
He shot past the court house and mounted a nearby median strip on the Pacific Highway and headed south, weaving in and out of traffic.
Police allege he ran a red light at the Combine Street intersection and police terminated the pursuit.
The chase was re-activated two minutes later as police tried to stop the renegade near Cook Drive, where he crossed to the wrong side of the road before returning to the correct lanes. He allegedly tore through red light outside Coffs Harbour Health Campus and made it to the Bonville Road overpass where sparks were seen shooting from underneath the vehicle. Police again terminated the pursuit.
Several truckies saw the dramatic events unfold and blocked the driver on the highway about one kilometre south of Mailmans Track at Bonville.
He tried to flee on foot but was chased down by one of the truckies.
Police arrested the 14-year-old at the scene and later charged him with police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously, take and drive conveyance and negligent driving.
He was granted conditional bail to appear in Coffs Harbour Children’s Court on December 2.