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ABC News | Palm Island teen hit by police car while allegedly evading officers

A teenager has been struck by a marked police car while allegedly evading officers in North Queensland.

The Ethical Standards Command is investigating the incident.


Key points:

  • Police say the 18-year-old man was taken to hospital with minor injuries

  • The man has been charged with multiple offences, including burglary and assault

  • Palm Island resident Lex Wotton says the incident had put the community on edge


Jawan Kerr, 18, was injured on foot on Stanley Street, Palm Island, off Townsville's coast on Saturday morning.

He was allegedly hiding in the roof of a house and running away from officers over a break and enter in the lead up to the incident.

Police said he was taken to the Joyce Palmer Health Service on Palm Island with minor injuries to his ankles, hip and jaw.

Officers said he was medically cleared for custody.

The Ethical Standards Command is investigating and senior police from the unit arrived to the island on Saturday.

Palm Islander resident Lex Wotton said some community members were feeling on edge after Mr Kerr was hit.

"There were a number of people ready to march on the hospital," Mr Wotton said.


Police say the man broke into a Palm Island home where he assaulted a 33-year-old woman and stole items on August 24.

They also allege the man threw a chair at a female officer when police tried to detain him on Saturday.

Mr Kerr has been charged with two counts of serious assault police and one count each of burglary and commit an indictable offence, common assault, wilful damage, supplying dangerous drugs, and possessing drug utensils.

In the Townsville Magistrate's Court on Monday, the police prosecutor said officers would allege the woman had an intellectual impairment.

Mr Kerr was granted bail with conditions, including that he does not enter Palm Island.


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