‘Lives at risk’: senior constable hospitalised as teens ram police cars in Mayfield and Windale

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SENIOR police say lives were put at risk during a teenage rampage that saw two police vehicles rammed in separate incidents in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.
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Among a string of youth arrests at the weekend was a 12-year-old boy who police allege was travelling in a stolen Toyota Camry that crashed head-on into a fully marked police car at Mayfield shortly after 2.30am on Saturday.

A senior constable was hospitalised after suffering a head injury while two other officers suffered whiplash.

Police said four youths ran from the scene on Braye Street before two were arrested nearby and taken to Waratah police station.

A 15-year-old boy will appear in a children’s court charged with travelling in a stolen vehicle, while the 12-year-old boy was not charged.

Police are still working to locate two others who ran from the scene.

In a separate incident, a teenager was charged after losing control of his car in a highly dangerous police pursuit at Windale on Saturday.

Thepursuit began on South Street and continued until the driver lost control on a left-hand corner on Warners Bay Road.

It is alleged the 16-year-old then crashed into two police vehicles as officers went to arrest him shortly after 1am.

He was later charged with police pursuit, drive recklessly and resisting arrest.

Newcastle City Chief InspectorTrevor Sheils said the incidents were highly dangerous.

“We will do everything we can track down these people,” he said.

“Public safety has been put at risk. Not only have they put the public and police at risk, but they put themselves at risk.”

Meanwhile, another teenager was facingcharges after a boy was robbed in Cooks Hill on Friday night.

Police said they arrested a 15-year-old boy on Maitland Road on Saturday after a 16-year-old was threatened outside a convenience store on Bull Street.

It is alleged the boy stole his phone before fleeing the area. Police later seized a phone after he was searched.

He was charged with robbery and will front a children’s court later this month.

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