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Teenager Accused Of Ramming Police Car Says He Couldn't See For The Cannabis Smoke
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Teen Accused Of Ramming Police Car Says He Couldn't See For The Cannabis Smoke

An allegedly stoned and unlicensed Melbourne teenager, accused of ramming a police car and breaking an officer's leg, has been granted bail.

Benjamin Saurini, 19, previously said he couldn't see the police vehicle because his car windows had fogged up from smoking cannabis after a session with friends on Friday night.

Saurini allegedly took off when he thought he was going to be "jumped" by officers on patrol, but panicked and side-swiped their car.

He is accused of pinning a senior constable against the car, breaking his leg.

Saurini allegedly read a news article about the injured police officer the following day and realised he was in trouble, dumping the car and removing its number plates.

However, the teen handed himself into police after investigators called his parents.

Magistrate John Bentley adjourned the matter from Monday so Saurini could undergo a youth justice assessment.

On Tuesday, the accused was permitted to go home to live with his parents at Sunbury, provided he did not get behind the wheel of a car or take any drugs.

The court was told on Tuesday the teenager was suitable for a program where he would be supervised at least once a week and undergo drug education and treatment, particularly for the drug ice.

Saurini's father John gave evidence, telling the court he realised his son was using drugs about three years ago, but only realised he had a problem eight months ago.

Mr Bentley granted Saurini bail on "strict conditions" including reporting to police every Wednesday.

He must not associate with any potential co-accused, not drive a car and not consume drugs of dependence.

He must live with his parents, liaise with youth justice workers and be home by 8pm each day.

They include ramming an emergency vehicle, assaulting a police officer, conduct endangering life and unlicensed driving.

He is due back in court on September 19 for a special mention to ensure adherence with bail conditions, and for contest mention on September 26.