TWO COLAC teenagers had a near miss after a car they allegedly stole almost crashed into a train yesterday.
Detective Sergeant Peter Griffiths of Colac Criminal Investigation Unit alleged the two youths, aged under 16 years old, stole a Datsun sedan from Colac’s centre and drove it around town.
The joyride came to an abrupt end when the driver lost control near a railway crossing on Clark Street.
“They nearly hit a train which was coming through early this morning,” Det Griffiths said yesterday.
He said the youths stopped short of the railway track and their car became bogged.
“So they got out and started running,” Det Griffiths said.
“By that time the train driver had called police and our night-shift Sergeant, Nick Buenen, chased after them – he ran in the Great Ocean Road Marathon last weekend so he’s a pretty good runner.”
Det Griffiths said police arrested the two teenagers before releasing them with a caution.