Five now charged over alleged Alice Springs hit and run

by | Oct 19, 2020 | Cops | 0 comments

Two more youths have been charged following an alleged hit and run in a stolen vehicle in Alice Springs on Thursday night where a motorbike rider was left in critical condition at Royal Adelaide Hospital, NT Police said.

A 15-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man were arrested on Friday and Saturday, joining three other teenagers, after a 47-year-old male rider was hit just after 10pm on Stott Terrace towards Larapinta Drive, NT Police media manager Rob Cross said.

Police allege the group stole a vehicle and ran a red light, colliding with the motorcyclist. Mr Cross said they failed to stop at the scene and were located with a drone and CCTV footage, before being stopped using tyre spikes on Grevillia Drive.

All youths fled the scene but three, aged 13, 16 and 19-years-old were caught and arrested after a foot chase.

Mr Cross said the 15-year-old was arrested late on Friday after escaping the scene, but he did not say where he was arrested. He was charged with: hit and run causing serious harm; unlawful use of a motor vehicle causing injury and failing to provide help; driving without a licence and driving through a red light.

The 19-year-old was arrested at a Sadadeen house early Saturday morning after fleeing the scene on Thursday night, Mr Cross said. He will face Alice Springs Court on charges of: driving causing serious harm; hit and run causing serious harm; unlawful use of a motor vehicle causing injury and failing to provide help.

Mr Cross did not say when he will face court or if he is still in police custody. The other four teens have posted bail and will face court at a later date, but Mr Cross did not say when that will be.

The 16 and 13-year-old were both charged with: driving causing serious harm; hit and run causing serious harm; unlawful use of a motor vehicle causing injury and failing to provide help.

The 19-year-old who was arrested on Thursday night was charged with; driving causing serious harm; hit and run causing serious harm; unlawful use of a motor vehicle causing injury and failing to provide help; driving without a licence and failing to obey directions from the police.

Mr Cross said the motorcyclist suffered life threatening injuries, and St John Ambulance regional manager Paul Bellman told ABC he has been flown to Adelaide with serious head and chest injuries.

This follows several crashes over the weekend where a 24-year-old female was killed in a crash at Knuckey Lagoon, and a pedestrian was struck in Winnellie on Friday afternoon while attempting to cross the road.

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