Thu. May 26th, 2022

A good deed has led to a driver having his car stolen and then pursued by police in the south of Adelaide early this morning, but the suspect has since been arrested.

The pursuit was the second on the Southern Expressway within hours, while a police car was also hit in another incident overnight in the north of Adelaide.

All incidents involved stolen cars.

Police were called to a gas station at Old Noarlunga just after noon. 12, after a 57-year-old woman had her car stolen, allegedly by a passenger who received a lift.

The victim had reportedly offered to drive the 23-year-old woman to Moana Beach and stopped to refuel at the gas station on Eric Road.

But when she came out to pay for the gas, the younger woman reportedly drove off.

The stolen car was discovered by police patrols driving at high speed on the Southern Expressway and was tracked down by a police helicopter as it moved along South Road.

Police used road junctions near Anzac Highway to stop the car on Tennyson Street near Kurralta Park.

The 23-year-old from Elizabeth Downs was charged with offenses, including theft of a motor vehicle and resistance to arrest.

She was sentenced to appear in Christies Beach Magistrates Court next month.

Hours earlier, a man was arrested after he was allegedly seen driving erratically on the southern highway.

“Check revealed that the car had been stolen during a burglary at Blair Athol earlier in the day,” police said.

The driver allegedly dumped the car but was arrested on the middle lane of the highway.

A road bridge that crosses a highway
The man was apprehended near the Majors Road bridge.(ABC News: Lincoln Rothall)

The 39-year-old Renown Park man was charged and is due to appear in Christies Beach Magistrates Court today.

Meanwhile, police are looking for the driver of a stolen van that rammed a police car at Parafield Gardens early this morning.

Police were called to the Parkway Circuit around 3:15 a.m. and spotted the white van on nearby Bradman Road.

“When the patrol activated their lights and tried to drive over the van, it deliberately backed into the unmarked police car and drove off,” police said.

“A few minutes later, as the patrol approached the stopped van a second time, it tried to back into the police car again, but the patrol managed to avoid the collision. The van drove again.

“Fortunately, there were no injuries to police officers.”

The van was found abandoned shortly afterwards, and during the search for it, police also found another vehicle that had been stolen from Mawson Lakes last week.

The incidents coincide with a growing wave of seemingly ruthless car thefts.

On Friday afternoon, a 30-year-old Mount Osmond woman was arrested after she allegedly drove a stolen SUV on the wrong side of the South Eastern Freeway.

The alarm was sounded when worried motorists spotted the vehicle in the emergency lane on the wrong side of the road, between Bridgewater and Stirling.

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