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Four in custody after alleged evade

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Police have charged a 17-year-old boy following an alleged evade incident at Brighton on Wednesday morning.

The youth is facing counts of motor vehicle stealing, dangerous driving and evading police following a dramatic chase on Hobart's eastern shore. 

A 23-year-old man and two teenage girls have also been charged with motor vehicle stealing. 

Police allege around 9.30am a blue Suzuki sedan failed to stop for them on the Brighton Road near Brighton, the stolen vehicle later seen driving erratically along the Midland Highway and East Derwent Highway.

“The car was involved in minor crash on East Derwent Highway and was subsequently spiked near the intersection of East Derwent Highway and Grass Tree Road,” Acting Inspector Phil Curtis said.

“The vehicle came to rest on East Derwent Highway near Clarence Easy Living where three people were taken into custody (one man and two youths).”

A quick-thinking WIN News cameraman took compelling footage of the spiking, and narrowly avoided being hit himself. 


Acting Inspector Curtis said that another man ran off into nearby bushland, precipitating what may have been Tasmania's first drone-assisted arrest. 

“As a result, the use of a drone was authorised and deployed, with the man running from the bush area and being quickly arrested.”

Drones are being rolled out this month, with some of the unmanned aerial vehicles equipped with thermal imaging cameras. 

Anyone with information or dash cam footage should contact Bridgewater Police on 131444 or report anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestopperstas.com.au