A 16-year-old boy was caught hooning around Hervey Bay in a stolen car on Monday night.
A 16-year-old boy was caught hooning around Hervey Bay in a stolen car on Monday night. Staffan Andersson

Kid charged after driving stunt

A STOLEN car seen hooning around Hervey Bay was later found to have a 16-year-old boy at the wheel.

The underage and unlicensed driver had three passengers with him when he was pulled up in Pialba on Monday night.

He went on to return a positive breath-test reading, and was charged with drink-driving as a result.

The boy was yesterday remanded in custody when he appeared in the Hervey Bay Children's Court on six offences.

His alleged crimes included burglary, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, dangerous driving, drink-driving, unlicensed driving and wilful damage.

Police said the boy stole a Holden Statesman from a gated community in Urangan between 6.30 and 8pm and then used the vehicle to damage a perimeter fence.

A short time later, witnesses saw the car hooning around Pialba and performing burnouts, so they contacted police.

The car was said to have been left unlocked by the owner before it was removed from the property.

Detective acting Senior Sergeant Dave Guild said the three passengers, who were all juveniles, had been assisting police.

He praised the community for contacting police after they saw the car performing burnouts.

He also praised the actions of the police officers involved, who had acted swiftly to intercept the offending vehicle.

The 16-year-old made no application for bail.

He will reappear in court on October 12.



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