Police cars rammed

FOUR teenagers were arrested on Saturday morning after a divisional van and a police car were allegedly rammed in Sale by a teenage girl driving a stolen car.

The incident began around 9am when police spotted the stolen car on Princes St, Traralgon, and used a mobile phone to track it more than 50 kilometres.

The car was driven to Rosedale, where police unsuccessfully attempted to intercept it on the Princes Highway in Kilmany. The driver evaded police and headed towards Sale.

The vehicle was followed by police in a divisional van and a police car into an industrial estate in Sale, where both vehicles were allegedly rammed by the stolen car before it fled.

The car was then driven six kilometres to Wurruk, where three girls, one aged 15 and two aged 16, and a 15-year-old boy, all from the Latrobe Valley, were apprehended by police on Arnup Rd.

The divisional van and another police car were damaged in the incident.

No one was injured, and police are continuing the investigation.

Two of the youths arrested faced Sale Magistrates Court on Monday, charged with theft of a motor vehicle and driving offences.

The teenagers' arrest come just days after the state opposition announced it would introduce a new offence of "ramming a police vehicle" into parliament today.

Offenders would face a minimum of two years in jail and a maximum of 10 years under the offence, with sentences able to be served cumulatively.

Opposition police spokesman Edward O'Donohue said he would move to introduce the amended legislation in parliament.

Offenders are currently charged with conduct endangering life, which has a maximum of 10 years in prison but no minimum term.

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