Police expect a 38-year-old man will be charged this morning after allegedly ramming his vehicle into a Mitchell Street pub early Sunday morning, striking a 25-year-old man who is believed to have allegedly assaulted the driver earlier in the evening.
NT Police said both men were being interviewed as well as another man after the bizarre incident that left Six Tanks Brew Pub with tens of thousands of dollars worth of damages and the 25-year-old with leg and back injuries.
Police said the investigation is ongoing but they believe the driver of the Toyota Landcrusier swerved into the 25-year-old man as part of retribution for an earlier incident.
The crash saw innocent pedestrians having to jump out of the way as the vehicle smashed through the front of the pub around 3 am Sunday morning.
“Initially the driver was driving down Mitchell Street and we believe that he swerved into the licenced premises, putting the crowds at that licensed premises in danger,” said Detective Senior Constable Richard Musgrave.
“I imagine … it would have been a huge shock to them to see or be involved in that, have a vehicle come at you at that speed … would be confronting.”
But Snr Cst Musgrave said police believed the men knew each other.
“We believe the driver and the group, including the 25-year-old, had been involved in an earlier interaction, [in] which the driver was assaulted,” he said. “Detectives from serious crime squad are currently reviewing CCTV footage from the area to establish this version of events.”
Police said the man was not pinned under the vehicle at any time but did suffer leg and back injuries not considered life-threatening. They also said the vehicle was not stolen and was registered to the 38-year-old.
Police are asking for anyone with video of the incident to come forward and contact them.