TWO boys allegedly stole a ute and attempted to evade police by dangerously overtaking a vehicle on the inside gravel shoulder of a highway in WA’s north yesterday.
Investigators have accused the teenagers (15 and 17) of stealing a white Isuzu D-Max from a house in Derby about 5.30am.
A police spokesman said officers spotted the vehicle on Loch Street just after 3pm.
“Officers activated their lights and siren in an attempt to stop the utility however it is alleged that the driver failed to stop, travelling at speed out of town onto the Derby Highway,” he said.
“It is further alleged that during this time the utility overtook a car at speed, passing it on the inside gravel shoulder.”
Investigators detained the boys after the vehicle turned on to Gibb River Road and became bogged in marshland.
They allegedly attempted to flee on foot through dense bush.
Police charged both boys with vehicle theft and obstructing officers.
The 17-year-old alleged driver was also charged with driving without a licence, failing to stop and reckless driving to escape police.
They are due to appear in Derby Children’s Court today.