A HORSHAM teenager is on bail after allegedly leading police on a high-speed pursuit through the city’s streets.
Sergeant Julie Bergen said Horsham West residents woke at 2.30am on Friday after a stolen green Mazda sedan ploughed through front lawns and crashed into kerbs.
She said Horsham police first noticed the car at 2.10am, parked in Firebrace Street.
“They attempted to intercept it in Wilson Street for a routine check,” she said. “The vehicle then sped off onto Natimuk Road.”
Sgt Bergen said the car was recorded exceeding 110 kilometres an hour in a 60kmh zone.
Police turned on their lights and sirens and pursued the car.
“The vehicle was being driven erratically,” Sgt Bergen said.
“Police chased it along Barnes Boulevard and the surrounding residential area.”
She said the car pulled over in Gardenia Street, and the driver fled on foot.
“He was observed by a witness, who directed police to where he was hiding in the backyard of a property,” Sgt Bergen said.
She said police sprayed a teenager, 18, with capsicum spray and arrested him.
The pursuit lasted for about 10 minutes, which Sgt Bergen said was unusually long.
“Most pursuits are called off within about 30 seconds,” she said.
Police have charged the driver with drink driving, after he allegedly recorded a blood alcohol concentration of 0.111 per cent – more than twice the legal limit for a fully licensed driver.
A probationary driver should not have consumed any alcohol.
He was also charged with the theft of a motor car, dangerous driving, dangerous speeding, reckless conduct and having evaded police.
Sgt Bergen said the car was so damaged it would have to be towed back to its rightful owner.
The man was also charged with unlawful damage. Police allege he damaged rose bushes worth about $40 while driving over one person’s front lawn.
He will face Horsham Magistrate’s Court in December.