Two arrested after alleged car thefts, ramming of police car, in Tasmania


August 31, 2017 11:36:43

People dropping off their children to school have watched officers run up a street chasing suspects allegedly involved in stealing cars and ramming a police vehicle in Tasmania.

“Two people are in custody following an evade in Launceston this morning,” police said in a statement.

“A police vehicle and a number of other vehicles were damaged during the incident, which occurred in the suburbs of Invermay, Launceston CBD and Newstead.”

The ABC understands a school premises was damaged in the incident, which took place in part along Elphin Road, a school precinct in Launceston.

One parent who was in Elphin Road to drop her children off said at first she thought police were conducting traffic operations.

“I saw a couple of police cars up ahead … I assumed it was some sort of speed-check or breath-testing,” the parent told the ABC.

“But then we saw a few more cars and that Olive Road was actually blocked off, so it definitely looked like something was going on.”

Another motorist said he watched as “a number of the police were running down Elphin Road, including on the road”.

“They were obviously chasing someone.”

Police are urging anyone with information to contact them on 13 14 44 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at




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