POLICE say they were forced to deploy road spikes in a pursuit to stop a stolen car carrying three teenagers.
A 15-year-old girl and a 16-year-old girl have been refused bail while a 13-year-old boy was also arrested following the chase on the New England Highway on Monday.
About 9.30am, the trio were allegedly in the Hyundai Elantra which was reported stolen from Queensland when it failed to pay for fuel at a service station in Tenterfield.
The car fled the service station and police were alerted.
About 10.30am, New England police and local highway patrol officers intercepted the Elantra travelling south on the New England Highway, about 15km north of Glen Innes.
“After a short pursuit, road spikes were deployed to facilitate the stopping of the vehicle safely,” Detective Inspector Ann Joy said.
“Three juveniles, two females aged 15 and 16, and a 13-year-old male were arrested without incident and taken to Glen Innes Police Station.”
The 15-year-old girl was charged with being carried in a stolen conveyance, bringing stolen property, namely the car, into NSW, and dishonestly obtaining property by deception, namely the fuel.
The 16-year-old girl, who police allege was behind the wheel of the car, was charged with not obeying a direction of police, dishonestly obtaining property by deception, driver never licensed, take and drive stolen conveyance and bringing stolen property into NSW.
The pair were refused bail by police and taken to a juvenile correctional centre to appear in court.
On Tuesday, the pair appeared in Grafton Children’s Court where they pleaded guilty to all of the charges.
Magistrate Karen Stafford released the 15-year-old on 12 months probation without conviction, while the 16-year-old was placed on a good behaviour bond.
The pair were also ordered to pay $9.00 in compensation for the fuel.
The 13-year-old boy was charged with being carried in a stolen conveyance and was dealt with under the Young Offenders Act.