Jason Dougherty

Teens in high-speed police pursuit

A HIGH-SPEED chase that saw police pursue a stolen ute along the Bruce Hwy at Kybong ended when the offenders ran into bushland, Gympie Magistrates Court heard yesterday.

Three men travelled in a stolen Holden Rodeo ute from north of Brisbane to the Matilda service station at Kybong, where they were spotted by police about 11pm on July 23.

Two of the men - an alleged car thief, whose name was not mentioned, and friend Bradley Stephen Keith Lee, 19, of Morayfield - fled the Matilda complex in a ute. A third man, 19-year-old Narangba man Tyler Ross Darnill was left behind after going to buy food.

Police chased the pair northbound until the ute turned around and travelled south to Traveston Crossing Rd, where it lost control.

When police caught up to the vehicle, it was stopped across the road and abandoned. Lee and the alleged driver hid in bushland.

The court head the driver had picked up Darnill and Lee about 7.30pm the night of the chase.

The driver allegedly stole number plates from another vehicle and petrol from a Bracken Ridge fuel station.

The driver allegedly said the ute was a relative's.

Both Lee and Darnill pleaded guilty to unlawful use or entry of a vehicle. The alleged driver did not appear in the Gympie court. Lee was given six months probation and 60 hours community service. Darnill was given nine months probation and 80 hours community service.

Gympie Times

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