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Wyndham Vale Teen Arrested After Road Rage Incident with Axe and High-Speed Chase

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Two individuals have been charged by the police after an incident of road rage and dangerous driving in Melbourne’s northwest on the night of February 24. According to authorities, the altercation occurred at around 2:30 am at a fast-food store on Mount Derrimut Road in Derrimut, involving the occupants of a white Ford Falcon and another vehicle. The second vehicle left the scene after the initial dispute but was allegedly followed by the Ford along Station Road.

Witnesses reported that an occupant of the Ford waved a large axe out of the window and attempted to strike the other car. The driver of the Ford then intentionally rammed the other vehicle before fleeing the scene. Police were notified and were able to locate the Ford on Vista Boulevard in Fraser Rise at around 4:20am. The Air Wing was called in to assist and followed the Ford, which was allegedly driving at speeds of up to 180km/h, through traffic.

In an attempt to stop the vehicle, police successfully deployed stop sticks on the Western Freeway near Ferris Road. However, the Ford continued to drive at high speeds until its front left tyre came off, causing the vehicle to travel approximately 7km on three tyres before finally coming to a stop in Bacchus Marsh. The two occupants were swiftly arrested by the police.

A search of the Ford revealed a stolen number plate fixed to the front of the vehicle, as well as a large wooden-handled axe inside. A 16-year-old boy from Wyndham Vale was charged with several offences including dangerous driving while pursued by police, driving in a dangerous manner, driving at a dangerous speed, affray, handling stolen goods, assault with a weapon, reckless conduct endangering serious injury and other driving offences. He is set to appear in a children’s court at a later date.

Meanwhile, a 19-year-old man from Navigators was charged with reckless conduct endangering serious injury, criminal damage, assault with a weapon, affray, and handling stolen goods. He was released on bail and is scheduled to appear in Sunshine Magistrates’ Court on June 21. The police seized the stolen number plate and axe as evidence.

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