Two youths have been taken into custody after a police chase from Geelong to Melbourne’s eastern suburbs that ended when their stolen car crashed and burst into flames.
- The car was driven about 80 kilometres before crashing into a pole
- Paramedics treated two teenagers for minor injuries at the scene
- Police said the male youths were helping them with their investigation
Police said officers had responded to an alleged aggravated burglary in the Geelong suburb of Bell Post Hill about 4:00am, where a car was stolen.
“The BMW was monitored by the Air Wing and other police units towards the city where a short pursuit occurred,” a police spokesman said in a statement.
The car crashed into a pole and caught fire on Toorak Road, near Auburn Road, in Hawthorn about 5:30am.
Hawthorn, in Melbourne’s inner east, is about 80 kilometres from Bell Post Hill.
The charred and blackened BMW was still smoking in the hour after the crash.
Ambulance Victoria said two teenagers were assessed for minor injuries, but neither was taken to hospital.
Police said the male youths, aged 15 and 16, were arrested at the scene and were assisting police with their enquiries.
The busy Toorak Road was closed in both directions near the Monash Freeway for about three hours as police directed traffic at the scene.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.