Teen charged after police vehicle allegedly rammed – Lake Macquarie

A teen has been charged and will face Court after a police car was allegedly rammed at Lake Macquarie earlier this morning.

About 2.30am (Monday 13 May 2024), a fully marked police vehicle was parked and unattended on Oxford Street, Gateshead, when an unknown vehicle collided with the front offside of the police vehicle, rendering the police vehicle inoperable and drove away from the scene without stopping.

There were no reports of any injuries.

Officers from Lake Macquarie Police District Proactive Crime Team commenced an investigation into the incident.

Following inquiries, about 12.00pm today, police located a silver Jeep Cherokee 4WD abandoned in Eino Place, Ellebana. Investigations revealed the vehicle had earlier been reported stolen from Salamander Bay on Thursday 9 May 2024 and was believed to being involved in the collision with the police vehicle.

A short time later, police attended Jonathan Street, Ellebana, and spoke with a15-year-old-boy.

The boy was arrested and taken to Belmont Police Station where he was charged with seven offences – larceny, face blackened/disguised with intent to commit an indictable offence, drive conveyance taken without consent of owner, not give particulars to other driver, drive manner dangerous, commit Section 154A offence and disseminate (post and boast) and goods in custody.

The boy was refused bail and will appear before a Children’s Court tomorrow (Tuesday 14 May 2024).

As investigations continue, police are urging anyone with information about the matter – or who were in the area at the time with any available dashcam/mobile phone footage – to contact Belmont Police Station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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