19yo caught after alleged break-ins

A MANILLA man wanted by police has been arrested after allegedly leading officers on a chase before crashing a stolen car.

Michael Booby, 19, was captured after he allegedly ran from police in Armidale on Sunday morning after crashing the car.

The chase began after the white Toyota Camry was reported stolen during a break-in at an Armidale home  after 4am.

Officers launched a search in the area for the stolen vehicle before it was sighted by highway patrol officers.

“Police came upon the vehicle in Niagara St in Armidale at 7.08am, so highway patrol initiated pursuit,” Armidale Inspector Chris McKinnon said.

“A very short pursuit followed and the vehicle driven by the offender was involved in a minor collision.”

Booby allegedly fled the scene after the crash but was stopped in his tracks.

“He ran from that location but was then located by police a short time later,” Inspector McKinnon said.

“He has been charged with six aggravated break-and-enters and police will allege people were home at the time of the break-ins.”

Booby has now been charged with 14 offences stemming from the alleged weekend spree across Armidale including one count of stealing the Toyota sedan and attempting to steal another vehicle before a resident thwarted the attempt.

Another charge of possessing housebreaking implements has been laid against Booby as well as a string of driving offences including police pursuit Skye’s Law, driving in a manner dangerous, negligent driving, unlicensed driving and resist arrest.

Booby, who was wanted by Oxley police, was also charged with an outstanding warrant for revocation of parole.

He made no application for bail when he fronted Armidale Local Court yesterday morning.

Magistrate Karen Stafford has ordered police compile a brief of evidence relating to the charges with the case set to return to court in May.

Booby will remain behind bars until then.

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