‘Stranded’ motorist tries to pull traveller from her car

Published: June 4, 2015

Police are cautioning grey nomads and other travellers to exercise care when deciding  whether they feel comfortable stopping in remote locations to help others.

The warning follows an incident on the Stuart Highway on Tuesday in which a couple in their 70s stopped to help a man who waved them down. The man, who had been standing beside a vehicle, then allegedly attempted to pull the female passenger from the car but the driver was able to accelerate away quickly, causing the man to lose his grip on the woman.

The incident happened about 150 kilometres south of Alice Springs, and the ABC reports that the couple had to wait until they had network coverage before they could report the matter to police. A 32-year-old man was later arrested and appeared in Alice Springs Magistrates Court.

NT Police Watch Commander Andrew Caruana said the couple were ‘a bit shaken up’ after the incident, but were okay.

He told the ABC that people needed to weigh up if they were comfortable before stopping to help anyone on isolated outback roads.

“People when they are travelling, they do feel obliged to help other travellers,” he said. “If they feel comfortable and want to help, that’s up to them. If they don’t feel comfortable, they should just continue on their travels and notify when they next stop that there is someone in trouble down the road.”

  • Do you have a policy when it comes to stopping in remote locations? Have you stopped to help other travellers? Did you feel nervous about doing so? Comment below.
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Lis Brown
7 years ago

I have lived on the road for eight years and I will always stop. Having said that, I also assess my gut feeling as I am pulling up and after I have stopped, before getting out or opening my window and I’ve always been able to follow through as claims have always been genuine. On one occasion I even approached a vehicle which stopped at a roadside stop after I had arrived. There were four aboriginal people in that car and they had stopped and lifted the bonnet. I was able to give them water from my supplies. I can understand why media coverage and passed on stories [which are usually just unfounded gossip] make people nervous about assisting but are we to lose our humanity all together by assuming that everyone is out to get us? What sort of life or society are we?

7 years ago
Reply to  Lis Brown

I suppose we are an alive society. Always keep your guard up it too late when you are at a disadvantage

Andy & Lois
7 years ago

I note the Police warning above, as a competition shooter we are usually armed when we travel. A few years ago we were travelling between Bedourie and Windorah when the friends we were travelling with radioed us (we travel about 1/2 Km apart for dust) and said there was a couple of chaps standing by their vehicle on the road and they were going to pull up. I told them to wait until I closed up a bit and I would get a firearm out and keep an eye on them. Thankfully all was above board and they were broken down and we got their information and passed it on. The friend’s wife spoke to me in camp that night (they are also shooters) she thought it was a bit over the top. Three days later Peter Falconio disappeared, this is now our standard procedure on outback roads if stopping. Make what you like of it.


7 years ago

When are we going to learn, we lock our homes, caravans, motor homes but not our cars, why is this?? it just may prevent being dragged out of your car or carjacked.

John Lane
7 years ago

We recently traveled up to Queensland stopping at different towns at Night,the best Caravan Park’s we liked were as follow’s East Bundaberg Caravan Park Theodore Show Ground Pomona .Worst Park’s Coff’s harbour, Ballina where we had to pay $50. bond for our dog GinGin Disgusting Toilets a few places to keep away from.


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