Four teenagers have spent the night behind bars after allegedly leading police on a pursuit in two stolen cars in south-west Sydney early yesterday.
Three police officers were left with minor injuries when their car was rammed by one of the vehicles.
The teenagers, who are aged between 14 and 17, have also been charged with breaching health orders for non-essential travel during the coronavirus pandemic.
Police initially spotted a Jeep Grand Cherokee and a Honda Odyssey van packed with teenagers while patrolling the Liverpool CBD at 7.50am yesterday and followed them.
When they attempted to approach the cars while stopped in traffic at the intersection of Orange Grove Road and Viscount Place, the Honda allegedly rammed their police car.
The vehicle crossed a median strip and mounted the kerb in an attempt to escape but crashed into bollards.
The 17-year-old driver then attempted to flee on foot but was arrested nearby.
Two passengers, aged 14 and 17, were also arrested, as were three teenagers aged 14, 16 and 17 in the Jeep.
All of the young people were taken to Liverpool Police Station.
The two drivers – a 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl – were charged with a number of offences including driving without a licence and driving a stolen vehicle, as well as breaching public health orders.
The two 14-year-olds were charged with being in a stolen vehicle and breaching public health orders.
All four were refused bail and are expected to appear at a children’s court today.
Two additional passengers, both aged 17, will be dealt with under the Young Offenders Act.