NT man arrested over fatal NYE hit and run

Lucy Hughes Jones

A suspect has been arrested in relation to a fatal hit and run of a cyclist in Darwin on New Year's Eve.

A 34-year-old Territory man was arrested at a Fannie Bay motel on Tuesday afternoon and is being questioned by police over the death of 46-year-old Jason McCormick.

The suspect was taken into custody for driving offences that took place when officers were this week forced to abandon a dangerous high-speed chase of the car believed to have hit the cyclist.

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.

A second suspect is still at large, and police have released security footage of a man with the car at a car wash in Palmerston five hours after the crash.

CCTV footage shows a Caucasian man aged around 30 wearing a baseball cap and a black T-shirt with the word '"animal" on the front.

"I believe people know who this person is, would have seen him wearing this clothing. We're asking those people to come forward today," Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Tony Henrys said.

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

Det Sen Sgt Henrys didn't know whether two other stolen cars in that area are linked to the suspects, but said the place is home to "a number of unsavoury characters".

Forensic detectives are examining the car, and hope fingerprints and DNA samples will link the crash scene to the car and its occupants.

Mr McCormick was a long time Territorian originally from Kyabram in Victoria, and his father and brother are travelling to Darwin in the next few days 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."