Victoria Police arrest five teenagers following pursuit

Victorian police have arrested five teenagers in Melbourne’s north after what it’s called a “lengthy pursuit”.

Police began following an allegedly stolen car from the intersection of Ballarat Road and Gordon Street at Footscray at around 3.20am.

According to police, officers followed the car through North Melbourne, Carlton, Brunswick and surrounds before the car pulled onto Separation Street at Northcote, accelerating to more than 150km/h, at which point the officers on the ground pulled back to preserve public safety.

Victoria Police have policies around pursuits that call for police to stop pursuing vehicles travelling at dangerous speeds (but before you get any ideas there’s no hard cut-off for what that speed is, and speed is not the only consideration).

The police helicopter took over, following the car through Preston and Coburg and on to Epping, before the car was “disabled” on Cooper Street.

Five occupants: two boys and three girls then fled the vehicle but were arrested at the scene.

A 15-year-old Brookfield boy was the alleged driver of the vehicle and has been charged with seven offences including theft and dangerous driving while pursued by police.

He’s been remanded in custody and will appear at a children’s court at a later date.

A 13-year-old Melton South boy, a 14-year-old Caroline Springs girl, and a 15-year-old Truganina girl, who had all run into trouble with police already, were both charged with theft, and a second charge for committing an indictable offence while on bail.

The girls were given bail but the boy was remanded.

All three will face a children’s court at a later date.

A 14-year-old Hillside girl was let go with a pending caution for theft.

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