LATEST: Neighbours could only look on in horror as a man who tried to flag down a stolen car was callously run down on a Springfield street.
Bradley Craig, 35, was left with a compound fracture to his right leg after he and a fellow neighbour caught three suspected car thieves in the act in the early hours of Wednesday.
The Eden Cr residents confronted what was thought to have been three teenagers trying to gain entry to several vehicles parked on the street.
Mr Craig's next door neighbour tackled one of the alleged offenders, but the other two were driving in a Mazda 3.
Mr Craig stood on the road, trying to stop the vehicle as it sped up the street, but he was knocked down. The vehicle took off and was later found dumped at Eastern Heights.
Witness Tammy Brereton said she heard yelling outside her bedroom window about 3.30am.
"The men had one of the boys held down while one of their wives rang the police," Ms Brereton said.
"Then there was a car coming towards us. At first I thought it was the police.
"The car just accelerated towards Brad. I don't know if it ran right over him or hit him."
Mr Craig underwent major surgery at Princess Alexandra Hospital on Wednesday morning.
Before going into theatre, he said he and his young family were still finding it hard to believe what had happened in their usually quiet street.
"They are telling me I will need to have a frame around my leg for the next two months," he said.
The youth Mr Craig's neighbour detained was later arrested by police and taken to the watchhouse.
He was interviewed on Wednesday afternoon. Charges had not been laid on Wednesday.
But detectives said they were investigating the theft of one car, the unlawful entry of two cars and the attempted unlawful entry of another three - all believed to be linked to the same group of offenders.