Police say they tracked a man in a stolen vehicle from Adelaide’s northern suburbs to the south of the city – circling the CBD and traveling all the way back north – before finally arresting him while trying To convince strangers to help him escape.
A police patrol reportedly discovered the man without a permanent address in a stolen silver Lexus on Bolivar Road in Burton, about 25 kilometers north of Adelaide’s business district, around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The 31-year-old driver reportedly refused to stop for patrol and was followed to Port Wakefield Road, where a police helicopter took over the chase.
Police said the man headed north to the Northern Expressway, then returned south along Port Wakefield Road and continued through the parade in Norwood towards Regency Park and east of the CBD.
Almost an hour after the chase, the driver allegedly reached Cross Road in Unley, about 3 miles south of the business district.
Police said the car then headed west and back north to Underdale to complete a loop of the CBD.
They said the man narrowly missed a policeman trying to install spikes on Holbrooks Road.
From there, the man was allegedly chased by helicopter to the Port River Expressway, about 18 kilometers north of the CBD, where another set of road spikes successfully punctured the car’s tires around 11:00 p.m..
Despite the car being damaged, the man allegedly drove about eight miles northwest to a gas station on Salisbury Highway in Mawson Lakes.
There, the police claim, he dumped the vehicle, stole a drink from the gas station and jumped into the back of another car to tell the two members of the public sitting in the car to go.
He has been charged with a variety of criminal offenses, including illegal use, police persecution, life-threatening acts, and violation of his bail.
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