Teen tasered in Alice Springs after allegedly charging at officer with ‘edged weapon’

by | Sep 14, 2020 | Cops | 0 comments

A teenager in Alice Springs was tasered by the NT Police Friday night after allegedly charging at an officer “armed with an edged weapon” while attempting to escape arrest, police say.

Four teenagers, between the ages of 16 and 19, were arrested after allegedly driving erratically in a stolen car around the Alice Springs CBD.

Police media manager Rob Cross said CCTV operators and police observed the males driving recklessly in an allegedly stolen Honda CRV on Friday night.

Front line officers were alerted and deployed a Tyre Deflation Device along Undoolya Road. The teenagers were stopped and attempted to escape the stolen vehicle, police said.

One of the teenagers, aged 16, was tasered after trying to escape the arrest and allegedly running at an officer armed with an “edged weapon”, Mr Cross said.

He sustained injuries and was taken to the Alice Springs Hospital for treatment, police said.

Another offender, aged 17, also allegedly struck an officer in the face, while the two other offenders were arrested following a foot chase with police.

The four teenagers face multiple charges including unlawful use of a motor vehicle, stealing, and assaulting the police.

However, the three offenders under 17 will be dealt with under provisions of the Youth Justice Act. The 19-year-old was expected to face Alice Springs court on Monday.

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