Nine teenagers from Sydney's west have been arrested after breaking lockdown and going on an alleged wild 200km/h joy ride in a stolen car on a major highway.
Police allege they saw the grey Honda Civic travelling at 200km/h in a 110 zone on the Hunter Expressway near Newcastle, two hours north of Sydney, about 11.15am on Wednesday.
Officers allegedly started pursuing the car in Minmi in Newcastle's outer-west before abandoning the chase in nearby Wallsend.
The Honda was then seen by other police patrols across the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie areas before the car was abandoned in Cardiff about midday.
Nine teenagers from Sydney's west have been arrested after breaking lockdown and going on an alleged wild 200km/h joy ride (stock image)
Police closed off the area and with the help of the dog unit and a helicopter were able to arrest a 19-year-old woman and eight teenagers aged between 13 and 17.
It's understood the group of teenagers were from Parramatta, Blacktown and Cumberland, three local government areas under strict lockdown to combat a growing Covid outbreak in Sydney's west and southwest.
The 19-year-old woman was charged with driving a car without the owner's consent and breaching bail.
A 15-year-old boy was hit with a string of driving charges over the alleged police pursuit and was refused bail to appear in a children's court today.
A 16-year-old boy was also charged with breaching bail.
The other six teenagers were taken back to their parents and are set to be dealt with under the Young Offenders Act.
All nine of the teens will be given $1,000 fines for breaking lockdown.
Police allege they saw the grey Honda Civic travelling at speeds of more than 200km/h in a 110km/h zone