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Illegal joyride of a lifetime ends

An Emerald man was left with a hefty fine when he took a spear gun into a local pub.
An Emerald man was left with a hefty fine when he took a spear gun into a local pub.

AN illegal road trip of a lifetime, which started in Sarina and ended in Blackwater, could land a 16-year-old in jail.

The Rockhampton teenager is in police custody after he was charged for a hit-and-run in a vehicle he allegedly stole on Monday.

Police said he ran up the back of a car on Bridge St, off the Fitzroy River Bridge, Rockhampton, in a Toyota Hilux he had stolen from a car park in Sarina, south of Mackay, earlier that morning.

The teen, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and his three passengers sped off in the stolen ute, abandoning the injured driver of the other car.

Police said the driver suffered neck pains.

The four youths, which included 18-year-old Tres Reece Rankin, 19-year-old Megan Jean Freeman, and another juvenile, then continued their reckless crime spree, driving west to Emerald then Blackwater, where they were finally arrested.

Rankin and Freeman admitted they knew the car was stolen and pleaded guilty to numerous offences in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday.

Rankin confessed to driving the Hilux for a period of time.

Police prosecutor Steve Atkinson said police found a small clip seal bag containing .8gm of cannabis protruding from Freeman's bottom when they arrested the group.

Magistrate Tom Bradshaw told the mother-of-one she needed some guidance and put her on probation for nine months.

He also ordered Freeman pay a fine.

"If you keep on going the way you are, you're going to end up in jail," Mr Bradshaw said.

But it wasn't a warning Mr Bradshaw offered to Rankin, whose offences breached his suspended sentence.

Rankin was sentenced to four months imprisonment and ordered to pay more than $500 in fines.

The 16-year-old did not enter a plea to his 11 charges, which include unlawful use and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. His case was adjourned to June.

The other juvenile involved, aged 16, also faced court on charges relating to the incident.


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