An Australian teenager has been missing for almost a week after a car chase in Melbourne’s east, with police calling it a “high-profile” case of road rage.
Key points:A 19-year-old man was driving a grey Mitsubishi Eclipse, which police say he crashed into a barrier, and his vehicle was later found abandoned in the bush in South AustraliaPolice have released surveillance footage of the suspectA man from South Australia has been arrested and charged with the murder of the 19-month-old baby boyThe man was a student at the University of Adelaide in the city’s west, but has been living on the fringe of society, police said.
The man had a grey Nissan Eclipse on the day of the crash.
Police said the car crashed into the barrier in the town of Woomera, about 300 kilometres (190 miles) north of Melbourne, on February 18.
The car was found abandoned about five kilometres away from the accident site.
Police are now searching for a 19-years-old Australian man in relation to the crash, who has been detained in the Woomora police station in South Australian police regional area of North West Victoria.
The 19-yr-old is the son of a local businessman who is a friend of the victim’s mother.
Police have not named the man.
“The 19 year old male from South Australian state of South Australia was apprehended in the community of Wombrella on February 17 and is now in custody in the local police station for questioning,” a statement from Wombora police said on Wednesday.
“He is currently being held on a $300,000 bond, to appear at a Wombrella Magistrates Court on March 3.”‘
High-profile’ caseIn the footage, a police officer can be heard saying he had to call for a “vehicle” in the area of Wombley Drive and North Wombela Drive to find a white sedan with an “intersection” of red and white lines in the centre.
The officer also says the vehicle appeared to be in the “wrong place at the wrong time”.
“It’s probably not too surprising that this is a high-profile case of an accident involving a vehicle,” a police spokesperson told Al Jazeera.
“We are hoping that we will be able to secure an arrest for the man by the end of this week.”
The vehicle was located in the same area where the 19 year-old driver crashed into an overpass.
“Officers will be working closely with the public and community members to identify any potential witnesses or potential witnesses that may have had information to assist in the investigation,” a Womblee Drive police spokesperson said in a statement.
The teenager has not been identified, but police have told media outlets that he has been described as being of Caucasian appearance and “in his early twenties”.
Police are still investigating the crash and say they are seeking witnesses.
The footage shows the car in the police custody area and the white sedan.
“What is disturbing is that this incident occurred in an area where people who are at high risk of being involved in this type of incident are not able to have a voice in this matter,” a spokesperson for the South Australian Department of Public Safety and Emergency Services said in an emailed statement.
“As a result, the community is at a disadvantage in terms of their ability to share information and information that is critical in this investigation.”