Four kids drive themselves on 900 km fishing trip

The four kids drove from near Rockhampton, Qld, before being found safe in Grafton, NSW (above).

FOUR children who allegedly drove themselves on a 900 km fishing trip from central Queensland to NSW have been found safe in Grafton.

According to an article on the ABC website, police said a 14-year-old boy, two 13-year-old boys and a 10-year-old girl took a family member’s four wheel drive from Gracemere, near Rockhampton Qld, on Saturday night, along with fishing rods and cash.

Police confirmed the children are not all related and were allegedly involved in a fuel-stealing incident at a service station in Banana, Qld, early on Sunday morning.

The vehicle was then spotted on Sunday afternoon in Glen Innes, more than an hour’s drive from the NSW border, but Highway Patrol called off the pursuit because of the driver’s young age

Acting Inspector Darren Williams said the group was found parked off the Gwydir Highway at Jackadgery, west of Grafton, late Sunday night.

“The children were directed to open the doors to the vehicles but they’ve locked themselves in the car and police have had to use a baton to get into the vehicle to arrest them,” he said.

Acting Inspector Williams said the group likely shared the driving over the 1,000 km trip to Grafton, where the 14-year-old boy lived.

The four-wheel drive belonged to the father of one of the children, would police said would fly to New South Wales to retrieve his car and child.

You can read the full story HERE.

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