Six teens arrested for allegedly stealing car after police spike the right vehicle

by | Nov 30, 2021 | Cops, News | 0 comments

Six teens on a joyride in a stolen Alice Springs vehicle were arrested after four different NT Police units worked together to deploy vehicle spikes – this time on the right car – police said.

The vehicle had been reported stolen from a hotel sometime last week and was seen driving recklessly in the Alice Springs CBD Saturday night at 2:30am.

“Motorbike patrols, general duties officers, Strike Force Viper members and K9 unit worked together to successfully spike the vehicle using a tyre deflation device along Larapinta Drive,” police media manager Rob Cross said in a statement on Tuesday.

“The vehicle travelled another kilometre before it stopped on the side of the road, at which point the K9 unit and motorbike patrol arrested six occupants from the vehicle.”

Police said the youths aged 13-to-17-years-old were taken to the Alice Springs watch house.

Two were kept in custody, one was granted bail and the other three were to be dealt with under provisions of the Youth Justice Act, police said.

It was revealed earlier this month by the NT Independent that two probationary officers had spiked the wrong car in Alice Springs back in October, causing the car to crash and forcing the officers to extricate the driver who was sent to hospital.

Mr Cross then told the NT News that while the young police officers had spiked the wrong car, it was okay because the car they spiked was also breaking the law. He did not address the larger issue of a staffing shortage that routinely sees young officers being forced to work together on shifts without more experienced officers in Alice Springs.

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