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.”