Girl steals, crashes, flees

A YOUNG female driver who stole a new ute before crashing and bringing down a power pole at the Gatton bypass is still on the run.

The woman, who is believed to be about 15 or 16, fled the scene shortly after the crash on Thursday afternoon by catching a ride in a passing motorist's car.

Gatton Police Senior Sergeant and officer-in-charge Tom Missingham said the car, a brand new 2010 Ford Falcon ute, had been stolen from an address in Toowoomba about 4.30pm.

Half-an-hour later the car was found with extensive damage in a ditch on Gatton-Esk Road, just off the Warrego Highway.

A passing truck driver who witnessed the crash said the young girl approached the bypass “flying through like a bat out of hell”.

“She took off like a rocket and knocked over the light pole before landing in the roundabout,” he said.

Snr Sgt Missingham said police wanted to talk to the driver of a red Mitsubishi wagon who offered the teenager a lift along the east-bound lanes of the Warrego Highway.

He said police were on the lookout for the teenager, who was described as Caucasian with a heavy build and blonde hair.

Anyone with information can contact Gatton Police on 5468 3266 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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