Escapee charged after arrest in West Ballina

A teenage escapee has been charged after allegedly absconding from a hospital in the state’s north today.

The 15-year-old boy was due to return to a juvenile correctional centre in Grafton from a local hospital when he absconded from custody about 5.30am (Monday 19 October 2020).

Officers from Coffs/Clarence Police District were notified and commenced an investigation.

Following inquiries, police stopped a Holden Commodore on River Street in West Ballina, just after 2pm, and spoke to the driver, a 22-year-old woman.

A search of the vehicle located the teenager in the boot of the vehicle. The pair were arrested, with the boy taken to Lismore Police Station and the woman to Ballina Police Station.

The boy was charged with detainee attempt/escape lawful custody and contravene prohibition/restriction in AVO (domestic).

He was refused bail to appear before a children’s court tomorrow (Tuesday 20 October 2020).

The woman was charged with employ/harbour detainee knowing to have escaped custody, drive with passenger in/on part of vehicle not permitted and drive motor vehicle during disqualification period.

She was granted conditional bail to appear before Ballina local Court on Wednesday 25 November 2020.

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