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No bail for teen accused of driving on wrong side of road

A TEENAGER who allegedly drove on the wrong side of the road as he led police on a chase through the Hervey Bay central business district has been refused bail.

Benjamin Joel Henderson, 17, allegedly sped away from police after being spotted behind the wheel of a stolen blue Ford Laser in the Stockland Shopping Centre car park on October 8.

Documents before the Hervey Bay court reveal police activated emergency lights and sirens when Henderson "accelerated forward" and ended up speeding up the wrong side of the road before turning down McLiver St and onto Main St.

He was allegedly seen driving through the BP service station and turning down Boat Harbour Dr.

Police abandoned the chase on the grounds it would be dangerous to continue to follow the driver, who was "making deliberate attempts to avoid intercept".

In any event, he had already been "clearly identified" along with his passenger, a young woman allegedly known to police.

After seeing a vehicle coming towards him in the opposite direction, Henderson allegedly turned left into Old Maryborough Rd, before turning right at a traffic island on Murphy St before turning the wrong way once again down Corser St and back onto the Esplanade where he was seen for the last time "driving erratically" and "in excess of 100km in a 60km zone".

Police lost sight of the car, which was later discovered dumped on a track at Wondunna.

Henderson was arrested and charged with a series of offences including dangerous operation of a vehicle and failing to stop.

He told the court this week that he still didn't understand what he had been charged with, but Magistrate Graeme Tatnell assured him that the allegations were "very serious".

Henderson will front court again on Thursday.

Topics:  bail, driver, hervey bay, hervey bay magistrates court, teen




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