A motorbike rider is in a critical condition in an Adelaide hospital after allegedly being hit by a stolen vehicle occupied by a group of four youths and a 19-year-old man, who were located using a drone and CCTV, and caught using tyre spikes in Alice Springs on Thursday night, NT Police said.
Initial investigations found the vehicle had run a red light on the Stuart Hwy, and collided with a motorbike travelling west on Stott Terrace towards Larapinta Drive just after 10pm, NT Police media manager Rob Cross said.
Police are holding a press conference to discuss the incident at 12.30pm.
“The vehicle failed to stop at the scene of the crash and the 47-year-old male rider suffered life threatening injuries,” Mr Cross said.
He said the man was in a critical condition in Alice Springs Hospital.
St John Ambulance regional manager Paul Bellman told ABC the man has serious head and chest injuries and was flown the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
Police stopped the car on Grevillia Drive with tyre spikes after they found the car using a drone and CCTV, Mr Cross said, and the five alleged offenders ran from the car, including three aged 13, 16 and 19, who were caught and arrested following a foot chase. They are believed to have been injured as well.
Meanwhile, two alleged offenders remain on the loose.
NT Police urges the public who may have witnessed the crash to contact them on 131 444 or report it anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
In Alice Springs again on Tuesday, ten youths from nine-years old to 16-years old were arrested for allegedly stealing a 2016 black Ford Everest and a wallet during an early morning break-in of a home in Alice Springs’ East Side.
They youths got into a police chase that ended in the car being stopped with tyre spikes, NT Police have said.