Dashcam shows dramatic arrest of Cleo Smith's alleged abductor

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The moment a Western Australian man was arrested after allegedly abducting four-year-old Cleo Smith from a remote campsite has been caught on dashcam.

Terence Darrell Kelly, 36, was taken into custody in the early hours of Wednesday morning, around the same time detectives found Cleo Smith locked inside a Carnarvon house less than 3km from her family home. 

CCTV and dashcam from a taxi, obtained by Channel 7 News, caught the moment Mr Kelly was pulled over by officers while driving in Carnarvon, and arrested.

Dashcam footage of the arrest of Terence Darrell Kelly in Carnarvon. Source: Channel 7
Dashcam footage captured the arrest of Terence Darrell Kelly in Carnarvon. Source: Channel 7

Witnesses told Channel 7 police were “chasing” Mr Kelly in his car before he was pulled over.

WA Police on Thursday charged the Carnarvon man with various offences relating to the alleged abduction of four-year-old Cleo Smith. His charges include one count of forcibly take a child under 16. He appeared before a magistrate in Carnarvon on Thursday. 

Detectives said Cleo was found “alive and well” inside a locked house, located just minutes from her family home, 18 days after she went missing from her family's tent at the remote Blowholes campsite on October 16.

"The man was taken into custody shortly before officers from Operation Rodia rescued the missing girl from a locked house in Carnarvon in the early hours of Wednesday, 3 November," a statement read.

Police said Mr Kelly was taken to hospital twice following his arrest after self-harming while in custody.

Police say he has no connection to Cleo's family and was not on a list of known sex offenders in Carnarvon. He is alleged to have acted alone.

The matter will return to court next month.

with AAP.

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