ACT Policing has arrested a 16-year-old Northside girl after a stolen motor vehicle failed to stop when directed by police this morning (14 April).
About 3am, police in Dickson noticed a suspicious vehicle, a silver BMW, parked in the Dickson Shell service station.
On sighting police, a young female moved from the passenger seat into the driver’s seat and drove the vehicle from the service station. Police activated emergency lights and sirens, indicating to the driver to stop the vehicle. The female continued to drive the silver BMW on Anthill Street towards Northbourne Avenue, failing to stop the vehicle as directed by police.
The vehicle then continued onto the Barton Highway, reaching a maximum speed of 160km/h, before the driver failed to negotiate the roundabout at William Slim Drive and was forced to stop the vehicle, having caused major damage to its undercarriage.
Police apprehended the 16-year-old Northside teenager and conveyed her to the ACT Watch House. An 18-year-old female passenger of the silver BMW was also apprehended and conveyed to the ACT Watch House.
The vehicle was identified by police as a stolen vehicle, fitted with stolen plates and contained property suspected to be stolen.
The 16-year-old will face the ACT Children’s Court later this afternoon charged with driving unlicensed, driving a stolen motor vehicle, failing to stop when directed by police and possession of stolen property.
The 18-year-old will be summonsed to face the ACT Magistrates Court at a later date in relation to riding in a stolen motor vehicle.
Police are urging anyone who may have witnessed the incident or have any information that could assist police to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.