Collingwood brawl: teenager charged with hit and run related to Gasometer hotel brawl

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Police have charged a man with a hit-and-run which took place after a savage brawl broke out early in the morning at a pub in central Melbourne and spilled over into the streets.

Detectives arrested Dieu Atem, an 18-year-old from Cranbourne, in the far south-east of Melbourne, at a construction site in Dandenong this morning.

Mr. Atem, who police said was the driver of the car, has been charged with 10 offenses, including life-threatening driving causing serious injury intentionally.

Police arrested a second 18-year-old man at a school in Narre Warren.

The man has since been released pending further investigation.

The hit and run on Mater Street in Collingwood came after a scuffle broke out inside the nearby Gasometer Hotel in the early hours of September 2.

The brawl, involving around 200 people, spilled over to Mater St as patrons left the venue, which hosted the launch of the 66 Records label.

A car crashed into cars parked on Mater St and nailed a man to another vehicle as the fight unfolded.

The hit and run victim is still hospitalized.(

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The 18-year-old victim of Fitzroy, suffered a serious leg injury and remains in hospital.

Police have confirmed the injured teenager was a witness to the death of Laa Chol, a Melbourne woman, who was killed during a party at a short-lived apartment in Melbourne’s CBD in July.

Commander Hansen said investigators questioned whether Ms Chol’s death was a “causal factor” in the events in Collingwood.

Seven people were injured in the fight.

CCTV vision shows a group of people walking down the street.
CCTV footage showed young people walking down the street on the night of the brawl.(

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Commander Hansen said the Yarra Crime Investigation Unit seized more than 70 exhibits relating to the incident, including weapons, clothing and car parts, and had statements of approximately 40 witnesses.

After the incident, Police Association secretary Wayne Gatt accused the police command of failing to allocate adequate police resources to the event, despite knowing there was a “significant risk of violence “.

Acting Deputy Commissioner Bob Hill dismissed the criticism, saying the suggestions that police were not prepared for the event were “absolutely absurd”.

Mr. Atem has not applied for bail and is due to appear in court again in January.


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