Merriwa: alleged teenage car thief injured in incident

Merriwa: alleged teenage car thief injured in incident

AN accused teenage car thief had his arm crushed against a bollard when trying to get into an alleged getaway car from a Merriwa fuel station this month.

The boy is one of two 16-year-old youths charged with 16 offences between them after they allegedly stole a vehicle and drove it recklessly on December 8.

Police allege the pair stole a Holden Caprice from a Neergabby home, using it to ram through the gates of the property between 7.30pm on December 7 and just after midnight on December 8.

Police Media spokeswoman Susan Usher said the alleged offenders were next seen at a Merriwa fuel station on Edwards Drive about 6am on December 8.

She said staff terminated the pump when one of the boys began filling the Holden’s tank.

The boy’s injury followed.

“The driver began driving away prior to the passenger getting inside the vehicle,” she said.

“The passenger was crushed against a bollard, injuring his arm.”

Later, the vehicle was allegedly driven recklessly on Marchamley Street in Carlisle about 9.45am.

Ms Usher said the car crashed into a letterbox wall before police detained the accused, who had allegedly tried to flee on foot.

The boys, both from Kewdale, were each charged with vehicle theft, aggravated burglary and two counts of stealing.

One of them was also charged with no authority to drive, an act or omission causing bodily harm, endangering safety, reckless driving and criminal damage.

The other was charged with possession of cannabis.