Toowoomba Courthouse Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle
Toowoomba Courthouse Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle Bev Lacey

Boy, 15, commits fuel "drive off " in stolen car

A TROUBLED 15-year-old boy had driven off in his mother's car and, with a 14-year-old mate, committed a fuel "drive-off" from a country service station, a Toowoomba court has been told.

The lad's mother had been out doing some errands Tuesday evening but returned to her Wilsonton Hts home to find her son's girlfriend in the middle of the street yelling that the 15-year-old had just taken his mother's car.

The lad picked up a 14-year-old mate and the pair drove out into the country where about 10pm they had pumped $90 of fuel into the vehicle at a Southbrook service station from which they drove off without paying, Toowoomba Children's Court heard.

A police patrol spotted the two getting out of the car on Ruthven St, Toowoomba, later and a brief foot chase ensued after they saw police.

The duo was soon caught, prompting a tirade of obscenities from the 15-year-old directed toward police, prosecutor Senior Constable Julia Wheaton told the court.

The pair spent the night in the watch house before making separate appearances before the court.

With his mother watching on from the public gallery, the 15-year-old pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a motor vehicle, unlicensed driving, stealing (fuel), and obstructing police.

His solicitor Phil Stainton told the court his client had been diagnosed with depression in recent weeks for which he was now medicated.

The lad was having trouble complying with the rules of the house at home, he said.

Magistrate Damian Carroll said it appeared it wasn't the first time the lad had taken his mother's car.

Mr Carroll placed him on six months probation with no conviction be recorded.



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