Boys arrested for crashing car into Dubai Police patrol

Two teenagers caught driving without a licence at 4am

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Two boys were arrested after being caught driving without a licence and ramming their vehicle into a Dubai Police patrol vehicle.

The pair, aged 14 and 15, were spotted by a patrol car while they drove around Al Warqaa at about 4am. When they were ordered to stop, the pair refused and drove into the patrol car.

The driver, 14, then drove against traffic in an attempt to get away.

“After hitting the police patrol, the juvenile drove the car in the opposite direction and posed danger to himself and all road users before the police patrol stopped his vehicle,” said Brig Saeed Al Malik, director of Al Rashidiya Police Station, on Wednesday.

“The police officers found that the driver was a 14-year-old juvenile and does not yet have a licence. He was accompanied by a 15-year-old juvenile.”

Brig Al Malik said the boys endangered themselves and the lives of other road users.

They were arrested and have been referred to prosecutors, who charged them with driving a vehicle recklessly without a driving licence, endangering the lives of road users, deliberately hitting a police patrol, and damaging public property.

Initial investigations showed that the driver had taken the keys of his brother’s car without his sibling's knowledge.

“Children should be taught to be responsible and to avoid dangerous activities or going out without supervision,” Brig Al Malik said.

"Children should be aware that these restrictions are set to protect them and parents should be the ones to positively influence their behaviours."