A lynch mob with axes wanted to ‘make driver pay’: Chaotic scenes after ‘anti-social’ man drove his car into a family’s packed TENT on New Years injuring three kids
- ‘Anti-social’ driver allegedly charged his car over a family sleeping in their tent
- A furious lynch mob armed with axes and shovels dragged him from the vehicle
- They had to be called off to save his life before he was pinned down for police
- The family of five have been taken to hospital with suspected internal injuries
An angry lynch mob of campers grabbed axes and shovels and dragged a driver from his car after he allegedly drove over a family sleeping in their tent at a remote campsite.
The furious vigilante hit squad had to be pulled off the man to save his life, before he was pinned down and held captive until police arrived at the terrifying scene.
‘The lynch mob wanted to make him pay,’ said one camper who witnessed the horrific drama unfold.
Two adults and three children were asleep in their tent at 2am on New Year’s Day when the car allegedly charged through Kentish Park campsite in Tasmania’s north.
An angry lynch mob of campers grabbed axes and shovels and dragged a driver from his car after he allegedly drove over a family sleeping in their tent at Kentish Park campsite (pictured)
They were taken to the Northwest Regional Hospital with injuries ranging from minor lacerations to suspected internal injuries, but were said to be lucky to be alive.
A 27 year old man was allegedly causing trouble in the hours leading up to the incident at the campsite on the banks of Lake Barrington, 40km south of Devonport.
He then allegedly got in his car and charged through the campsite, running over the family’s tent as they slept inside before smashing his vehicle into a tree.
‘[The car] came straight through our campsite and ended up over here in the bush,’ one camper told the ABC.
The furious vigilante hit squad armed with axes, like the one pictured here, had to be pulled off the man to save his life, before he was pinned down and held captive until police arrived
Two adults and three children were asleep in their tent at 2am on New Year’s Day when the car allegedly charged through Kentish Park campsite on the banks of Lake Barrington (pictured) in Tasmania’s north
‘The lynch mob turned up with axes and shovels who wanted to make him pay. The smarter people in the crowd stopped that from happening.’
The witness told the broadcaster: ‘We’ve removed him from his car so he couldn’t drive any further.
‘A couple of guys restrained him, put his hands behind his back and there was a karate guy who got him.’
The camper said the tragedy could have been even worse, adding that more people could’ve been struck had the car gone inches in either direction.
Pictures from the scene showed the collapsed scaffold skeleton of a tent and a battered food container.
Tasmanian police arrested the driver and have now launched an investigation into the incident, but thanked the campers for their swift action in stopping the accused.
‘Police will allege that the male crashed his vehicle through a tent which contained two adults and three children sleeping inside,’ Tasmania Police said in a statement.
‘The male then narrowly missed other camping sites and people in the area prior to colliding with a tree.
A 27 year old man has been arrested in connection with the terrifying incident at remote Kentish Park campsite, 40km south of Devonport and 280km north-west of Hobart
‘Tasmania Police would like to thank all members of the public that assisted with this incident, as their actions undoubtedly prevented further people from being seriously injured.’
A 27-year-old man is in police custody and investigations are ongoing.
Acting Sergeant Fabienne Jamieson said police were told the man was ‘exhibiting anti-social behaviour prior to the crash’.
Anyone with information has been asked to come forward.