Four teenagers arrested after allegedly stolen car crashes into tree at Dudley

By , 17/12/2018 16:21

THE arrest of four teenagers after an allegedly stolen car crashed into a tree at Dudley on Thursday morning is the latest tale of teenage terror in Lake Macquarie.

Police said the Toyota RAV4 was on fire when emergency services arrived at the scene in theAwabakal Nature Reserve, at the corner of Redhead Road and Ocean Street, about 4am.

Witness reports indicated five teens were seen running from the car.

Four teenagers were arrested after the dog squad found them hiding nearby.

One man, 18, was charged with a vehicle offence and fronted Newcastle Local Court on Thursday.

A 17-year-old will front a children’s court to also face a vehicle offence.A 14-year-old girl Aberglassyn girl was cautioned under the Young Offender’s Act, while another 14-year-old girl from Waratah West was released without charge.

The car was destroyed.

Lake Macquarie Superintendent Danny Sullivan said in theNewcastle Heraldon Wednesday police had strategies in place to combat youth crime but it was a problem they could not “arrest our way out of” and needed a community response.

He encouraged family members who suspect relatives are involved in crime to report their fears to police.

Several teenagers were arrested this week after a highly dangerous chase in Lake Macquarie.

Police will allege in court later this month an 18-year-old hit speeds of up to 140km/h in Belmont on Tuesday before a Nissan Navara ute was dumped at Rankin Park.

The teenagers are alleged to have performed doughnuts on the oval of Belmont Christian College during the spree.

Lake Macquarie police can be contacted on4922 8899 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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