16yo arrested after high-speed cop chase

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A 16-year-old has been arrested after a two-car pursuit in Canberra’s south this morning.

Around 2.45am, police spotted two reported stolen cars travelling southbound on the Tuggeranong Parkway.

Police initially tried to stop the vehicles but they accelerated away and separated on Drakeford Drive, initiating two pursuits that lasted around ten minutes and at a maximum speed of 162km/h in an 80km/h zone.

The pursuit of the first car was terminated after the vehicle turned right onto Woodcock Drive onto the wrong side of the road.

The car was later found by police abandoned in Gordon. Enquiries into the identity of the driver are ongoing.

The 16-year-old driver of the second car was arrested after the car stopped on grassland.

He is expected to be charged with various traffic related offences including driving a stolen motor vehicle, failing to stop for police and dangerous driving, and will appear in ACT Children’s Court today where police will oppose bail.

Police say no other vehicles were on the road at the time of either pursuit.

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