A TEENAGE boy from Tamworth has been arrested and charged after he allegedly hit road spikes and crashed a stolen car during a police pursuit in Moree.
Police claim the car had been stolen from Tamworth on Sunday, and the 14-year-old boy refused to stop for police in the early hours of Monday morning in Moree.
Road spikes were deployed and the vehicle crashed when, according to police, the teenager and other occupants of the car tried to escape on foot.
The 14-year-old was found soon after, arrested and taken to Moree Police Station, where he was charged with a raft of offences related to driving and destroying property.
He was charged with taking and driving a vehicle without the consent of the owner; police pursuit and reckless driving; two counts of entering the prescribed premises of any person without a lawful excuse; destroy or damage property; carrying a cutting weapon upon apprehension; and driving without a license.
He was granted strict conditional bail and will appear at Tamworth Children's Court in July. He has not been required to enter any pleas.
The Tamworth teenager was one of nine young men between the ages of 13 and 20 that were arrested in Moree on Monday after a spate of alleged break and enters and car thefts.
New England Police said officers responded to reports of two break-ins; three thefts; two stolen vehicles; an attempted stolen vehicle; and an alleged police chase involving one of the stolen vehicles on Sunday night alone.
Police said a 20-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy, both from Tamworth, were among those arrested in Moree on Monday following investigations into property crime in the area.
Both were refused bail by police, and were due to front court today.
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