Teen charged following pursuit near Moree – Operation Region Mongoose

A teen will face court charged following pursuit in the state’s north yesterday.

Operation Regional Mongoose is a high-visibility police operation to tackle serious property-related crime committed predominately by young offenders.

About 6.15am yesterday (Tuesday 28 November 2023), officers attached to Traffic and Highway Patrol Command were travelling north along the Newell Highway towards Boggabilla, when they observed a BMW sedan allegedly travelling at excessive speed.

Police activated their warning lights in an attempt to stop the BMW; however, it failed to stop as directed, and a pursuit was initiated. It was terminated a short time later due to safety concerns.

Officers successfully deployed road spikes on the Newell Highway near Back Pally Road, and the vehicle was later located abandoned in a laneway off Warialda Street, Moree.

The vehicle was seized for forensic examination.

Following inquiries, a 16-year-old boy was arrested at Moree Police Station about 10.40am the same day. He was charged with the following offences:

  • drive conveyance taken without consent of owner,
  • never licensed person drive vehicle on road,
  • drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous,
  • police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously,
  • contravene prohibition/restriction in AVO and,
  • breach of bail.

The teen appeared at a children’s court yesterday (Tuesday 28 November 2023), where he was formerly refused bail to reappear at another children’s court on Monday 18 December 2023.

Investigations under Operation Regional Mongoose continue.

Anyone with information about Operation Regional Mongoose is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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