Girl, 15, taunts police while on crack cocaine
A 15-YEAR-OLD girl who tried to engage police in a chase through Toowoomba streets in a stolen car admitted she was under the influence of crack cocaine.
The girl's father told Toowoomba Children's Court he had no control over his daughter who had been mixing with the wrong people and taking drugs.
"I'm in the throes of moving away from Toowoomba because if she stays here she's going to die," he told Magistrate Damian Carroll.
The teenager had taken the keys to her sister's Black Mazda sedan and driven away from the family home on the night of November 23.
A male associate booked them into a Highfields motel room from which a television set, bar fridge, blanket and lamp were stolen.
She later told police the property was to be sold for drugs.
She told police she had driven at speed past the police station, beeping the horn in an attempt to get police to chase her, prosecutor Des Neijens told the court.
Her father and sister spotted her two days later stopped at the Ruthven and Herries Sts traffic lights about 11.35am and approached her.
However, the girl had done a u-turn and sped off on Ruthven St on the wrong side of the road forcing her father and sister to take evasive action, Senior Constable Neijens said.
A police car across the road followed the Mazda which sped through laneways and streets before police withdrew on Mary St due to safety concerns.
The car was next seen at 11.25pm parked on Tara St but when police approached she sped away again ignoring police lights and sirens directing her to stop.
A short time later another police car spotted the Mazda on Bridge St when she had again accelerated away doing more than 100kmh and going through red lights on McGregor, Tor and Jellicoe Sts.
The car was later found abandoned in the car park of the Sacred Heart Church in Wilsonton.
The girl told police she had destroyed the car keys with a hammer because she believed the keys had a microchip through which she could be tracked, Snr Const. Neijens said.
She appeared in custody to plead guilty to 13 charges including dangerous driving, failing to stop on police direction and stealing.
Mr Carroll said though the offending was serious, the court was limited in sentencing options for juveniles with very little criminal history.
Without recording convictions, Mr Carroll placed the girl on 12 months probation to include drug and alcohol counselling and any psychiatric treatment deemed necessary and disqualified her from holding or obtaining a driver's licence for two years.