Teen ‘motorcycle thieves’ rushed to hospital after jumping off a CLIFF to evade police in a wild chase through Sydney streets
- Two teens are in hospital after jumping off a cliff allegedly trying to flee police
- Officers said one of them was riding a stolen motorcycle in Sydney’s Glebe
- One suffered serious injuries requiring surgery, the other had minor injuries
- A Critical incident team will investigate circumstances surrounding the incident
An alleged motorcycle thief is in critical condition requiring surgery after jumping off a 10-metre high cliff to evade police.
He and another 17-year-old boy were rushed to hospital after plummeting from the rock face at the end of Toxteth Street in Sydney’s Glebe.
The other teen only suffered minor injuries after landing on a ledge.
Officers attempted to stop the motorcycle duo about 1.40am on Thursday in the inner west suburb after confirming one of the bikes was reported stolen.
Police believe the other motorcycle was also stolen.
A 17-year-old boy suffered serious injuries and is undergoing surgery after allegedly jumping off a cliff to evade police. Pictured: Toxteth Street Pyrmont
Another 17-year-old boy was also rushed to hospital after plummeting from the rock face at the end of Toxteth Street in Sydney’s Glebe (pictured), but he sustained minor injuries after landing on a ledge
The two then allegedly ‘dropped the motorcycles’ and jumped a fence which was barricading the clifftop.
After Leichhardt Police captured the teens at the base of the cliff, they were both taken to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
Police confirmed that both teens are not residents of Glebe and that the motorbike was reported stolen from Leumeah in southwestern Sydney.
‘A critical incident team from Eastern Beaches Police Area Command will now investigate all circumstances surrounding the incident,’ police said in a statement.
‘That investigation will be subject to independent review.’
Acting Assistant Commissioner Stacey Maloney has defended the actions of officers.
The two then allegedly ‘dropped the motorcycles’ and jumped a fence which was barricading the clifftop (stock image)
‘The police were doing what they were supposed to be doing, patrolling the area,’ Ms Maloney told reporters on Thursday.
‘They made the inquiries, reviewed the motorbike, (it) was stolen and they did everything at that point in terms of directing them to stop correctly.’
The duo have not yet been charged.
Investigators urged anyone who may have witnessed the incident or have any information to contact police.