35 year old male charged with escape from Risdon Prison

At approximately 9.05am on 16 September 2021 a 35 year old male from the Ron Barwick section of the prison escaped.

The male stole a vehicle from a nearby residence in Risdon Vale and drove toward the Bridgewater area.  A  vehicle immobilising device was successfully used to disable the vehicle.  There were a number of civilian and police vehicles damaged by the driving behaviour.  The male was apprehended shortly after in the Bridgewater area after crashing the vehicle into a tree.

Two police officers received minor injuries as a result of the evading vehicle. There were no injuries to any members of the public.

The male was later interviewed and charged with numerous offences including evade police (aggravated circumstances), escape and motor vehicle stealing and will be held to appear in court on the 17 September 2021.

Tasmania Police wish to thank members of the public for their assistance in relation to this matter.