Children crash stolen car in Horsham

STOLEN: The stolen car in Urquhart St, Horsham.

STOLEN: The stolen car in Urquhart St, Horsham.

A HORSHAM teen will face court for a joyride in a stolen car that resulted in a crash.

Horsham Sergeant Jason Bergen said the boy, 14, had been charged with numerous offences including theft of a motor vehicle, conduct endangering life and drink driving.

"He was bailed on Wednesday, but one of the conditions of his bail was breached overnight," he said.

"He was remanded in custody at 5.20am on Thursday."

Police were unable to provide updates on the other occupant of the vehicle.

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A STOLEN car driven by a child has crashed in Horsham. 

Horsham Sergeant Pat Harrington said two children, a male driver, 14, and female passenger, 14, drove the car for nearly two hours after stealing it from Birch Avenue in Horsham.

He said the children stole petrol from the Mobil service station in Baillie Street, Horsham, during the two-hour incident.

"At about 12.30am Wednesday morning police received a theft report of a vehicle from Birch Avenue," he said.

"Police monitored the car as it traveled around Horsham.

"Because of the ages of the thieves police didn't attempt to intercept them," Sgt Harrington said.

"Police were speaking to a number of youths when the car drove around the corner, saw the police and did a number of burnouts and sped off.

"Once again, due to the ages of the thieves police didn't chase them."

The car crashed into a tree in Urquhart Street at the intersection of McLachlan Street, Horsham.

The male driver was taken to Wimmera Base Hospital with minor injuries and the female passenger was arrested at the scene.

Additional police units were involved in the hunt.

"We hoped the increased police presence would encourage the driver to abandon the car," Sgt Harrington said.

Sgt Harrington said alcohol was involved and police were investigating if other people were involved in the incident.

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