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West Gate chase teen granted bail

AAP logoAAP 22/11/2016 Kaitlyn Offer

A would-be school captain arrested in dramatic scenes on top of the West Gate Bridge after a crime spree through metropolitan Melbourne has been granted bail.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named, is facing multiple charges, including armed robbery and vehicle theft over a rampage on jewellery stores and tobacconists, followed by a long-distance car chase on November 14.

A bail hearing in a children's court on Tuesday was told the teen was one of three youths charged over the events.

A stolen green Holden Commodore was driven to several jewellery stores and tobacconists with the offenders "terrorising" the community by using crowbars to smash cabinets and threaten staff and customers, the police prosecutor told the court.

Police then spotted the car in Heidelberg and followed it to Dandenong before the pursuit crossed the city to Little River near Geelong.

Stop sticks were used to try and halt the car, but it continued to drive about 40km until there was a mechanical failure on the West Gate Bridge, the court was told.

Police swarmed the vehicle and had to smash windows open to arrest the three youths inside.

The boy's lawyer told the court the youth was well respected in his school community and "had a real chance" of being voted school captain but just missed out.

The school's deputy principal wrote the magistrate a letter of support for the student.

The youth was granted bail with a curfew and is banned from leaving Victoria, preventing him from going on a family holiday to Sudan.

He will reappear in court on December 2.

Another 17-year-old and an 18-year-led Hampton Park man are also charged over the incident.

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