Locals charged after cars, pumps struck at service station

A worker at an Altona Meadows petrol station says it’s lucky no one was killed after police and customers’ cars were struck by another car on Friday.

A Victoria Police spokeswoman said officers had tried to intercept a car about 11am at the service station at the corner of Queen and Merton streets.

Service station worker Jag Jawanda said two customers’ cars were struck as they were being filled with petrol. He said two bowsers were “totally gone” after a vehicle crashed into them, just metres from where a tanker was unloading petrol. “This guy was using pump number nine and then two police cars rocked up. They blocked him. When he saw the police, he accelerated. Then he hit the front car, but he couldn’t go anywhere … and then he smashed into pump number 10.

“I think the wife of the customer at pump 10 was sitting in the car. The customer was filling and the car just got all twisted.’’

Mr Jawanda said bowser number seven was also hit before the driver got away. A police station wagon had minor damage, while the second had damage from being sideswiped.

A Tarneit boy, 16, has been charged with conduct endangering life, conduct endangering person, and car theft. He was remanded to appear at a children’s court at a later date. A Point Cook boy, 15, has been charged with car theft and was bailed.