15-year-old Bundy teen leads police on 300km highway chase
A BUNDABERG teenager who led police on an erratic highway chase from Gympie to Caboolture will be dealt with under the Youth Justice Act.
It will be alleged the 15-year-old boy was behind the wheel when a truck, reported stolen from Gooburrum and later used in a petrol drive-off, led police on a high-speed chase for about 300km along the Bruce Highway on Sunday.
The petrol theft was reported about 3.40pm at Gin Gin, after which the vehicle was later spotted by police at Sandy Creek Eureka, however, despite their attempts, police were unable to intercept the truck.
Some hours later, police spotted the truck being driven erratically on the Bruce Highway near Gympie.
Once again, officers attempted to intercept the truck, but the driver still refused to stop and continued along the busy road.
At the Caboolture exit at Old Toorbul Point Rd, the chase took a sudden turn when police deployed a tyre deflation device.
The truck came to a stop two kilometres later when it collided with a telegraph pole - bringing down power lines in the process.
Police will allege the 15-year-old driver of the truck fled on foot after the collision, triggering a police, dog squad and helicopter search.
The driver and three other teens were found 30 minutes later and treated by paramedics at the scene.
A 17-year-old boy, 16-year-old boy and 14-year-old girl, who the NewsMail understands were all passengers in the truck during the chase, were taken to Royal Brisbane Hospital following the collision.
The boy who was allegedly behind the wheel will be dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act for wilful damage, stealing, enter with intent, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and evade police.
Investigations into the matter are ongoing.
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