Two boys have been reported after they threw a rock at a moving vehicle from a railway bridge in Crystal Brook.
On Monday, July 9, just after 3pm, a man was driving south in his Mitsubishi utility along the Goyder Highway.
As he drove under the railway bridge, he noticed a big rock narrowly miss his vehicle from above.
He stopped to inspect his vehicle and noticed many rocks scattered on both lanes of the highway.
The man then found two boys, aged 11 and 12, hiding under the bridge who had been throwing rocks at passing vehicles.
He confronted the two boys and contacted the Crystal Brook police.
I turned around, confronted them and reported them to police. They said they were sorry, but then gave me fake names.Tim Harper, driver targeted by rock-throwers
Tim Harper, the driver, said he was on his way to lunch when he saw the boys laying under the bridge and as he passed through, he saw an arm throw something.
He turned his head to look with the boys thinking they were out of sight.
Mr Harper gave the boys a stern talking-to when he confronted them. He gave them the scenario of his car flipped upside down and someone seriously injured with blood present and also asked them how they would feel if it were their parents driving the car and they had hurt or killed them.
“I think they did it to copy what they have seen going on in Adelaide. If they hadn't seen it, they may not have done it. I am really not sure,” he said. Police attended and spoke to Mr Harper and arrested both of the boys, of Crystal Brook. They were charged with throwing an object at a vehicle and granted bail to appear in the Port Pirie Youth Court on August 15.
This behaviour has been a recurring issue with 42 rock-throwing incidents reported this year on the Southern Expressway in Adelaide. Police and community groups have had to take more action during the year, putting up temporary screens on unprotected bridges with permanent screens hoped to be installed later this year.
Residents around the area have also taken the action into their own hands, with a “neighbourhood watch” group planned for the expressway.
Drivers in the area were shocked when objects smashed into their cars as they travelled beneath bridges.