FOUR teenagers who allegedly stole a car at Parkdale early Monday 26 June and took it on a joy ride as far as Carrum were brought to a halt when police placed road spikes on Charman Rd, Cheltenham.
Hitting the spikes at 2.30am the inexperienced driver lost control and slammed the car into a fence before the boys jumped out and allegedly tried to flee. The Victoria Police Air Wing helicopter had followed the Toyota Corolla from Carrum after being alerted by a divisional van crew. It followed the car as it drove erratically down side streets, eventually heading north along Nepean Highway and turning into Charman Rd.
Waiting at the scene was a member of the dog squad with his canine companion. Inside the car were a 14-year-old from Parkdale, 15-year-old from Mordialloc, 15-year-old from Mentone and 17-year-old from Carrum Downs.
Detective Sergeant Nigel Fox of Kingston CIU said three of the teens tried to hide in a shed; the fourth surrendered. Two allegedly resisted arrest and were bitten by the dog before being taken to Sandringham Hospital for treatment.
Later on Monday the boys were charged with theft of a vehicle and bailed to appear at a children’s court at a later date.