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Second man arrested over NYE hit-run in NT

AAP logoAAP 4/01/2017 Lucy Hughes Jones

A second man has been arrested over the fatal hit and run of a cyclist in Darwin on New Year's Eve.

A 36-year-old man was arrested in Coconut Grove late on Thursday morning following a tip-off from the public.

"The man will be interviewed this evening. The investigation remains ongoing," Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Tony Henrys said.

It comes after Wayne Abdul Sultan fronted Darwin Local Court on Thursday, charged with driving offences that took place when police were this week forced to abandon a high-speed chase of the car believed to have killed 46-year-old cyclist Jason McCormick.

The 34-year-old Northern Territory man was arrested at a Fannie Bay motel on Tuesday afternoon after staff alerted police.

Sultan was charged with a string of crimes including recklessly endangering serious harm, driving a vehicle while disqualified in a dangerous manner, stealing and breaching a parole order.

He didn't apply for bail and has been remanded in custody to reappear in court on January 31.

"The male remains a suspect in regard to the death of Jason McCormick," Det Henrys said.

"We are resolved in our pursuit of justice for Mr McCormick, his family and friends."

Mr McCormick had fallen off his bike near the Winnellie Hotel around 10pm on Saturday when a blue 2010 Toyota Aurion drove straight over him.

Despite the best efforts of witnesses, paramedics and police, he died from extensive injuries.

Two men who were allegedly in the rental car briefly stopped a short way past the scene before driving away.

Police on Wednesday released security footage of a man with the car at a car wash in Palmerston five hours after the crash.

The suspects allegedly later dumped the car and police found it on Tuesday night in a unit complex car park at The Narrows.

Forensic detectives examined the car in the hope that fingerprints and DNA samples will link the crash scene to the car and its occupants.

"We have matched parts located on the roadway at the crash scene in Winnellie with that motor vehicle," Det Henrys said.

Mr McCormick was a long-time Territorian originally from Kyabram in Victoria, and his father and brother are travelling to Darwin to claim his body.

"The McCormick family are coming up here to take Jason home back to Victoria," Det Henrys said.

"They expect to spend some time with his friends which will form a part of the grieving process in the community."

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