Teen joyriders plough car into Sydney church

Three teenagers joyriding in a stolen sports car ploughed it Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Gladesville, Sydney, on Friday, before running and hiding under a classroom of the parish primary school.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that police said a high speed chase had been stopped on Victoria Road because the stolen car, a black Nissan 180SX sedan, was being driven dangerously fast.

The driver lost control of the vehicle shortly after 2am and crashed the car through the front of the Church, on the corner of Victoria Road and Westminster Street at Gladesville.

The three ran from the car into the school grounds behind the church.

Police found two of the offenders, aged 17 and 16 and both from nearby Balmain, hiding under a classroom.

The two boys were questioned then charged at Ryde Police Station before being released under the Young Offenders Act.

They will attend Gladesville Police Station for a formal caution at a later date.

The driver remains at large.

Teen joyriders plough car into church (Sydney Morning Herald/Australian Associated Press 13/1/06)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Our Lady Queen of Peace, Gladesville (Archdiocese of Sydney)
Our Lady Queen of Peace, Gladesville (twentieth.org.au)

Car chase ends in church smash (Daily Telegraph 13/1/06)
Two Youths Charged After Car Crashes Into Church - Gladesville (NSW Police 13/1/06)

16 Jan 2006