Monday 26 August 2019

Children aged 10-14 caught after 620-mile two-day joyride


Cars on a road.' Stock photo: PA
Cars on a road.' Stock photo: PA

Phil Mercer

Four Australian children who packed fishing rods into an SUV belonging to one of their parents and drove 620 miles were arrested by police.

The children, aged between 10 and 14, escaped officers after a brief car chase in one town, and also fled two petrol stations without paying.

Police, who finally found the vehicle by the side of the highway, broke a window after the children locked the doors and refused to step outside.

Investigators said the two-day joyride began in Rockhampton in Queensland and moved to the neighbouring state of New South Wales.

Police believe they probably shared the driving. "It's a pretty big journey, and it's a long way for a young person. I suppose a couple of cans of Red Bull and you're likely to do anything," said Acting Inspector Darren Williams.

Police have said that they will press charges once the youngsters have been interviewed with their parents.

Irish Independent

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