A bystander in the Alice Springs CBD made a citizen’s arrest early on Monday morning, detaining an 18-year-old who allegedly rolled a stolen vehicle at a roundabout and who is now charged with dangerous driving and assaulting a police officer.
NT Police alleged three people stole a white Toyota Landcruiser utility from an unnamed business on Ghan Road around 1:15am, which was then reportedly seen “driving recklessly” around the CBD.
“Just after 2am CCTV witnessed the vehicle exiting the carpark on Gregory Terrace and driving on the wrong side of the road before the driver failed to negotiate the Bath Street/Gregory Terrace round-about,” NT Police said in a statement.
Investigators said the 18-year-old offender lost control of the ute which then rolled and slid on its side before coming to a complete stop on the road.
Witnesses told police that two other offenders quickly climbed out of the vehicle and fled the scene.
A witness and bystander sprang into action and apprehended the driver until police arrived at the crime scene.
Arresting officers alleged that the driver then spat on one officer and bit another officer on the arm during the arrest.
The teen is set to appear before the Alice Springs Local Court today to face multiple charges including one count each of driving a motor vehicle while unlicensed, driving at speed and dangerous manner, aggravated entry of a building with intent to commit offence, unlawful use of motor vehicle, use of vehicle and causing damage, and two counts of assaulting a member of the police force.
Police did not mention if the teenager was under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs when the incident happened.
The two other people involved remain outstanding.
Police said they are investigating the unlawful entry of the business in Ghan Road where the vehicle was stolen from to identify the two other offenders.
Authorities urge possible witnesses with information which may assist with investigations to contact police on 131 444 or report it anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 3000.