Territory cops were kept busy during a wild night in the Top End Thursday, attending a multitude of incidents including a fractured skull, a stabbing and a high-speed chase with a child in the car.
The carnage started at around 8.30 pm when police were called to Lindsey Street in Darwin City after reports a man had been beaten with a steel pole.
The man was conveyed to Darwin Hospital with serious injuries, including multiple compressed skull fractures.
A short time later, a second man was located around the corner on Smith Street with a stab wound to his back before a woman was found nearby with a cut to her hand.
NT Police watch commander Andrew Heath said it was unclear if the two incidents were related as they occurred “at the same time in the same area”.
“The investigations so far haven’t been able to determine that, the matter has been referred to serious crime squad,” he said.
Later that night police became involved in a serious high-speed chase in Palmerston.
An unregistered and uninsured Holden Commodore driving on Roystonea Avenue sped off when it was approached by police.
A high-speed pursuit followed but was terminated when the vehicle reached speeds of up to 140 km/h while driving on the wrong side of the road.
The vehicle continued to drive dangerously through surrounding suburbs before tyre deflation devices were deployed on Jenkins Road and it came to a stop.
A 24-year-old female and a 3-year-old boy were passengers in the vehicle during the pursuit.
Mr Heath said the behaviour displayed by the driver, a 31-year-old man, was appalling.
“It’s quite shocking, it’s unsafe for those people in the vehicle and it’s a risk to people on the road,” he said.
The driver tested positive for drink-driving after returning a reading of 0.119 and received a raft of other charges including driving a motor vehicle while disqualified, driving at a speed in a dangerous manner, driving an uninsured and unregistered vehicle, recklessly endangering life and failing to obey a direction from a police officer.
To top the night off, police caught several other people drink-driving later in the evening, including a 35-year-old man who was driving a Toyota Landcruiser on its rims in Palmerston.
Acting Commander Sachin Sharma said with the easing of COVID-19 restrictions and increased road use, people could expect to see more police on the roads.
“Police attended a number of jobs last night involving reckless driving behaviour,” he said.
“It’s disappointing to see that some people have a clear lack of respect for Territorian’s lives.”