Teens lead cops on two separate high-speed pursuits in Melbourne

As many as 10 teenagers were in custody in Melbourne on Wednesday night after two separate high-speed police pursuits.

As many as 10 teenagers were in custody in Melbourne on Tuesday night after two separate high-speed police pursuits led to a slew of arrests in the city’s southeast.

A group of six youths, led by a 15-year-old boy on bail, allegedly stole a Jeep Cherokee before being chased down and charged by police in Hallam on Wednesday morning.

The 15-year-old driver tried to evade authorities but lost control of the car after police deployed stop sticks, a spiky device used to halt vehicles by puncturing their tyres.

The driver collided with both a parked police car and tree before winding up on the footpath.

The six youths were arrested a short time later, with police charging four of them.

The young driver was charged with theft of a motor vehicle, dangerous driving while being pursued by police, driving without a licence and speeding.

He has also been charged with committing an indictable offence while on bail and will be remanded until his children’s court hearing.

A 15-year-old Cranbourne South girl was also on bail, charged with stealing the vehicle along with a 16-year-old girl from nearby Narre Warren and a 14-year-old boy from Hallam.

The remaining two youths – a 14-year-old Springvale boy and a 16-year-old Bayswater girl – were released pending summons.

Meanwhile, a separate group of four teenagers were also arrested after allegedly stealing a Mercedes in affluent Toorak before being pursued by police with helicopter assistance.

It’s alleged the quartet broke into a house just after 6am, finding the keys to the car and fleeing towards Mt Waverley.

Three of them have been remanded in custody, with two Mooroopna boys – aged 15 and 16 – charged with aggravated burglary and theft of a motor vehicle along with other offences.

A 14-year-old boy was charged with eight offences. All three of them were charged with committing an offence while on bail.

The fourth member of the group was allowed bail but will appear at a children’s court at a later date.

Originally published as Teens lead cops on two separate high-speed pursuits in Melbourne

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