Chad Delandre with his parent's stolen ute.
Chad Delandre with his parent's stolen ute. Alistair Brightman

Son spots parents' stolen ute and gives chase

THE chance sighting of his parents' stolen ute led a Hervey Bay man on a dramatic car chase through Kawungan streets.

After recognising the dual-cab ute that had been reported stolen 24 hours earlier, Chad Delandre pursued the grey 2010 Ford Ranger from Boat Harbour Dr.

"I could not believe my eyes when I saw the vehicle," he said.

"After about two or three turns, he's realised I was following him."

Mr Delandre said the driver then reversed at full-speed for about 200m and lost control of the vehicle and hit a tree.

After a struggle with a damaged door, the driver dived over the bonnet of Mr Delandre's vehicle and ran through nearby yards to escape, jumping fences along the way.

Moments later, police arrived and apprehended a juvenile.

Sergeant Allan Douma said police charged a teen with eight charges following the incident, including unlawful use of a motor vehicle and trespassing charges.

The teen will face Hervey Bay Children's Court on February 28.



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