• Hannah Phillips

NSW Men Arrested Over SA Mid-North Pursuit


Police have arrested two men from New South Wales following a pursuit in SA's mid-north on Tuesday.

Just before 11am on Tuesday 26 June, police were advised that a suspected stolen car bearing New South Wales registration plates had failed to pay for fuel at a Balaklava service station.

A witness had followed the yellow Toyota Landcruiser along the Augusta Highway towards Lochiel.

Patrols converged on the area and attempted to stop the vehicle at Merriton but the driver refused to stop.

The car was pursued by police along the Augusta Highway until the vehicle turned off near Baroota and travelled into the Mount Remarkable National Park.

The car drove through surrounding farming properties where a number of fences were damaged.

With the assistance of a local farmer, police were able to follow the stolen car until road spikes were used to deflate the vehicle's tyres on Park Road at Mambray Creek.

The car continued on its rims coming back out onto the Augusta Highway where it soon stopped and the two occupants were arrested without incident.


Checks on the car’s registration revealed that it had been reported stolen in NSW on 18 June.

The alleged driver, a 22-year-old man from NSW, was charged with failing to stop, driving dangerously to escape a police pursuit, making off without payment, driving disqualified and property damage.

The passenger, a 23-year-old man from NSW, was charged with making off without payment of fuel and possession of ammunition.

Both men were refused police bail and appeared in the Port Pirie Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

The alleged driver was remanded to reappear on the 5 July in the Port Augusta Magistrates Court.