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Four teenagers charged after police pursuits from Grafton to Ballina

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The Ford continued north on the Pacific Highway and allegedly reached speeds of 190km/hr.

Officers from the Richmond Traffic and Highway Patrol initiated another pursuit near New Italy and successfully deployed road spikes. The Ford continued for a short time before colliding with another vehicle; no one was injured.

A nearby Toyota Hilux stopped to render assistance before five teenagers exited the Ford and allegedly entered the Hilux and drove away at speed.

A 13-year-old girl was ejected from the Hilux before she was arrested by police and taken to Ballina Police Station.

The Hilux continued north on the Pacific Highway before the vehicle crashed at the Bruxner Highway/Pacific Highway interchange.

Four teenagers allegedly attempted to steal another vehicle before fleeing on foot into nearby bushland.

A perimeter was established by officers from Richmond Police District, with assistance from Traffic and Highway Patrol Command and the Dog Unit.

All four teenagers – one female and three males – were arrested shortly after and taken to Ballina Police Station.

A 17-year-old boy was charged with ten offences, including two counts of drive conveyance taken without consent of owner, three counts of police pursuit – not stop – drive recklessly, two counts of drive while unlicensed, and one count each dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception, use offensive weapon and drive reckless manner.

A 15-year-old boy was charged with two counts of be carried in conveyance without consent of owner, two counts of passenger not disclose driver’s/passenger’s identity and one count of use offensive weapon.

A 15-year-old girl was charged with two counts of be carried in conveyance without consent of owner, two counts of passenger not disclose driver’s/passenger’s identity and one count of use offensive weapon.

A 14-year-old boy was charged with two counts of be carried in conveyance without consent of owner, and one count each of dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception and use offensive weapon.

All four teenagers were refused bail to face a Children’s Court later today (Friday, 31 January, 2020).

A 13-year-old girl was released, pending further inquiries.

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  1. Can we have the conclusion to this episode published as well. Fine ,they got caught, but what are the punishments for what they did. Will the consequences be enough to deter them and others from doing it again. I remember my youth when others I knew thought they were just as bullet proof until reality bit them hard. Some died, some were permanently scarred physically, mentally and emotionally forever.These kids don’t need jail , they need to be forced to face the reality of what their stupidity could of done to themselves and others. They need to be tied in a chair and forced to listen to what happened to the last generation of young people that did what they have done but did not escape the viscous consequences by those very people themselves. Preferably by people from their same ethnic background to drive the point home. Driving a car at 190 klm/ph is exciting until that car veers of the road and into a forest of trees.,going from great excitement to utter terror in a second. My point is there must be a way to better deter these youngsters from repeating this same foolish behavior over and over.


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