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Teen charged after ramming police car at Gateshead

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A teenager will face Children’s Court on Tuesday after allegedly ramming a police vehicle at Lake Macquarie this week.

About 2.30am on Monday 13 May, a fully-marked NSW Police car was parked and unattended on Oxford Street, Gateshead.

Then an unknown vehicle collided with the front offside of the police car, rendering it inoperable.

The driver left the scene without stopping.

Officers from the Lake Macquarie Police District Proactive Crime Team began an investigation into the incident.

Following inquiries, about noon, officers located a silver Jeep Cherokee 4WD abandoned in Eino Place, Ellebana.

Investigations revealed the vehicle had earlier been reported stolen from Salamander Bay on Thursday 9 May and was believed to being involved in the collision with the police vehicle.

A short time later, officers attended Jonathan Street, Ellebana, and spoke with a 15-year-old-boy.

The teen was arrested and taken to Belmont Police Station where he was charged with seven offences – larceny, face blackened/disguised with intent to commit an indictable offence, drive conveyance taken without consent of owner, not give particulars to other driver, drive manner dangerous, commit Section 154A offence and disseminate (post and boast) and goods in custody.

The boy was refused bail to appear before a Children’s Court on 14 May.

As investigations continue, police are urging anyone with information about the matter – or who were in the area at the time with any available dashcam/mobile phone footage – to contact Belmont Police Station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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