Media release

Arrest – Domestic violence – Palmerston


Northern Territory Police have arrested a man after a domestic violence related hit and run in Palmerston yesterday.

Around 3pm, two women were allegedly walking through a pedestrian crossing near the Palmerston Bus Exchange when a man, known to one of the women, accelerated his vehicle towards them.

The vehicle mounted the kerb and struck the legs of both women before colliding with an occupied parked vehicle. The offender has exited the vehicle and fled the scene on foot.

Both women and the driver of the parked vehicle received minor injuries.

A 37-year-old man was arrested a short time later and detectives from the Domestic and Family Violence Section have since charged him with:

  • 2 x Intend to cause serious harm, cause any harm
  • 1 x Recklessly endangering serious harm
  • 1 x Drive vehicle in a manner dangerous

He is expected to be further remanded to appear in Darwin Local Court on Monday 9 January 2023.

Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Vanessa Barton said “ The actions of this driver are completely reprehensible and it was incredibly lucky that these two women were not more seriously injured. Police would like to thank the many witnesses that came forward to provide statements.

“If you or anyone you know is experiencing domestic or family violence, please reach out on 131 444 or in an emergency call 000. You can also anonymously report through Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

“Support services are available including 1800RESPECT, 1800 737 732 and Lifeline on 131 114.”