An allegedly intoxicated man who did a burn out and allegedly drove directly at Alice Springs police before fleeing them last weekend has been arrested and his vehicle seized after police used a drone to follow the man home.
Police said that frontline officers last Friday night tried to stop a vehicle being driven in an erratic manner in the Alice Springs CBD area. The vehicle, however, drove off at high speeds. Police said they tried blocking the vehicle after it was sighted at Old Timers camp, but again it escaped, narrowly missing police vehicles.
A drone was then deployed by officers from the Drone Unit that followed the vehicle to a Sadadeen address where police arrested a 26-year-old man who is the alleged driver of the vehicle.
It was unclear why the police only made the incident public nearly a week later.
A breath test showed the man had a positive BrAC reading of .174 per cent, police said. He was charged with three counts of failing to obey the direction of a police officer, driving dangerously, driving a vehicle causing a loss of traction, driving under the influence of alcohol, and driving 45km/h over the posted speed limit.
The vehicle was seized and impounded for 48 hours under the Traffic Act 1987. It was unclear if it is still impounded. The man is scheduled to appear before the Alice Springs Local Court on July 20.