By ERWIN CHLANDA
Three people are dead and two injured after two cars crashed in Sadadeen last night.
Police say it appears the driver of one vehicle evaded an attempted police traffic stop, drove away at speed and later crashed.
Detectives from Southern Investigations and the Major Crash Investigation Unit are investigating. Sadadeen Road was closed overnight.
The 2019 Northern Territory Road Toll now stands at 35.
PHOTO NT Police.
There were five people in the car police had been trying to stop. Three died including, so police believe, the driver.
No names were disclosed by Assistant Commissioner Narelle Beer this afternoon as next of kin had not been notified.
It is believed that none of the five are children.
The sole occupant in the second car was injured and taken to hospital, as was a passenger in the other car. One has since been released and the other, a woman, is in ICU in a stable condition.
The collision between the two cars is described as minor but the car with the five occupants hit a tree.
The vehicle had triggered an alert as being unregistered on an auto numberplate device when police attempted to stop the car at about 7pm in Undoolya Road last night, but the driver sped off. Police did not pursue the vehicle.
Comm. Beer says the incident is being treated as deaths in custody at the moment.
UPDATE 6am Dec 27
Police report that a 32-year-old woman and two men, aged 27 and 35, died in the crash.
UPDATE 2pm December 30
Police have asked occupants of these cars to contact them because they may have been witnesses to the crash.