Teens arrested after high-speed joyride ends in Melbourne CBD crash

Two teenagers are in police custody after a high-speed joyride on the wrong side of Melbourne freeways sparked more than 60 emergency calls from the public.

A police spokeswoman said the pair's Boxing Day escapade ended in a crash in Melbourne's CBD before both 17-year-old males were arrested nearby.

Police said they first became aware of the teenage joyriders when the force's air wing spotted a stolen white Nissan Juke SUV driving erratically in the Essendon area, shortly after 5pm.

"The police helicopter monitored the vehicle for about three hours and guided a coordinated police ground response as it travelled across much of the metropolitan Melbourne area," they said.

"On a number of occasions, the vehicle allegedly drove into oncoming traffic on several freeways at high speeds.

"The vehicle then travelled into Melbourne’s CBD where it collided with several cars outside Southern Cross Railway Station about 8pm."

The police spokeswoman said officers swiftly arrested the driver but his passenger fled into the train station.

A search of the station by PSOs later found the 17-year-old hiding in a train.

The 17-year-old males, both from Reservoir, remain in custody.

Police are urging the 60 drivers who reported seeing the speeding Nissan SUV to come forward.

Darebin Crime Investigation Unit detectives are also appealing for dash cam footage with witnesses urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit crimestoppersvic.com.au.

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