In November 2007 we reported that Debbie King, a ward clerk at the Alice Hospital, drove her car on Wills Terrace past Anzac Hill (in the background of the photo) when a rock thrown from the hill crashed into her windscreen. Five and a half years later, pelting cars with stones is a rampant as ever. Last week a tourist bus was attacked twice in the space of one hour, the second time when it was ferrying visitors from a restaurant to their hotel. ERWIN CHLANDA spoke with the new Minister for Children and Families, Alison Anderson (at left).
Does anyone know the meaning of “common sense”?
The reason for this query is due to a rather odd situation that has developed – still ongoing – in a parking bay adjacent to the L’il Antz childcare centre at the corner of Undoolya Road and Sturt Terrace; and which is also just down the laneway from where I live.
It transpires that late on Thursday, May 3, a police patrol pulled over an unroadworthy vehicle driving south along Sturt Terrace. There’s no dispute on this point, as the offending vehicle is in an appalling state and clearly unfit to be driven on the streets.
Unfortunately it was pulled up in the parking bay next to L’il Antz, where many parents drop off and collect their children each working day.
Initially that might not have been too much of a problem if, say, the offending car was parked there for a day while arrangements were made to tow it away. But that's only the start of the story told by ALEX NELSON.
Two people died in Alice Springs when a car hit a light pole and burst into flames on Saturday.
At about 11pm a police patrol observed a vehicle entering the Gregory Terrace and Bath Street roundabout in the wrong direction.
Police activated their emergency lights to stop the vehicle, and believed the driver was about to comply. However, the driver chose not to, evading the direction of police and continued to drive on.
At the Stott Terrace and Leichhardt Terrace roundabout, the driver fled the police vehicle at a dangerous speed at which point the police ceased to follow the vehicle. This decision was made in accordance with police policy in order to minimise further risk to the fleeing driver, their vehicles occupants, other road users and the police themselves.
About four minutes later, the Triple Zero call centre received a call regarding a serious motor vehicle crash on South Terrace with the vehicle was reported to be in flames.
Alice Springs police say they are seeking information about a silver Ford Falcon confirmed as the vehicle used in both a road rage incident on Wednesday morning and a hit and run incident later that night.
Senior Sergeant Darrell Kerr says the rear back window is broken and had plastic sheeting over it and there is a Falcon sticker on the front windscreen.
“Police would like anyone who saw this vehicle anytime on Wednesday 21 March to contact them on 131 444 or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000,” says Senior Sergeant Kerr.
In the road rage incident, the car followed the alleged victim's car from the Wills Terrace / Stuart Highway intersection and cut them off just before the St Philip's College intersection at 10.15am.
“Three women got out of the Ford and allegedly started smashing into the victim's car with car jacks and a cooking pot,” he said.
“Later that night a 58 year-old man was allegedly struck by the same Ford Falcon at the Northside shopping centre carpark at around 8.30.
“The vehicle left the area and was later found abandoned in Priest Street, Braitling.
“Police have no evidence to suggest that the driver of the vehicle was the same person in both cases but investigations are continuing.” (Police release.)