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27 April 2010

Driver in attempted murder charge after Carole Park incident

QT

AN IPSWICH teenager is recovering from head and leg injuries after an alleged deliberate hit and run.

Police have charged a man with attempted murder over the incident, which occurred outside a convenience store in Carole Park in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The 15-year-old boy was part of a group of young people, who police said had been involved in an argument with two men at Waterford Road, Carole Park, about 1.30am.

It is alleged a man then used a vehicle to chase the group of youths – mounting the footpath near the intersection of Muriel Avenue before hitting the victim.

Skid marks at the scene show the vehicle involved then drove over two concrete abutments in the convenience store car park and fled the area down Waterford Road.

Police said they tracked a 34-year-old man down to a house at Kingston on Sunday.

A search of the man's property allegedly found knuckle dusters and a drug utensil.

He was arrested and charged with attempted murder, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, failing to remain at the scene of an accident, assault occasioning bodily harm, possession of a drug utensil and possession of a category M weapon.

Police said the teenager, from Chuwar, sustained serious head and leg injuries and was taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Carole Park convenience store owner Hai Vu said blood stains could still be seen on the road where the victim was struck and thrown on to the bitumen.

Mr Vu found out what had happened outside his store – which he has owned for 22 years – early Saturday morning when he turned up for work and an Inala police officer told him his front car park was a crime scene.

"It's a rough neighbourhood around here," Mr Vu said.

Police have examined surveillance footage taken outside the store.

The accused man is due to appear in the Richlands Magistrates Court today.

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