Police use spikes in manhunt

Police in Margaret Street looking for the driver of a Ford Falcon. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

Police in Margaret Street looking for the driver of a Ford Falcon. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

THE successful deployment of road spikes by police led to dramatic scenes in Launceston yesterday.

Police spiked a late model maroon Ford Falcon XR6 sedan as it travelled along Bridge Road, Trevallyn, about 2pm.

The car crossed Kings Bridge and ended up mounting a kerb at the intersection of Brisbane and Margaret streets.

 The Examiner  watched the scene unfold shortly before 2.30pm.

Police in uniform and plain clothes swarmed the area and stood watch on street corners, as passing motorists rubbernecked and asked what was going on.

Officers eventually focused on the corner where tradesmen, with a bird's-eye view of the scene, were working on scaffolding at a commercial property.

Several police then entered the driveway of a private residence nearby in Brisbane Street and searched the yard.

About 3pm, more officers flew into action and a police car zoomed up outside the house.

Officers led a man, his face covered, into the waiting vehicle and he was whisked away.

Launceston acting Inspector Craig Fox said police were investigating an allegation of family violence.

A Hobart man, 32, and a Launceston man, 29, are helping police with their inquiries.

Police would like to hear from anyone who saw the Ford Falcon in the Trevallyn area at the time, particularly a truck driver who was travelling on Gorge Road.

Acting Inspector Fox said witnesses could call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Launceston Police Headquarters on 6336 3701.

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