• Hannah Phillips

Update - Man Arrested Over Murray Mallee Pursuit


A man wanted in connection with a pursuit earlier today at Waikerie has now been arrested.

Just before 8.30am on Tuesday 17 July, patrols attempted to stop a stolen blue Holden Calais after it was seen travelling west at speed along the Sturt Highway.

The driver refused to stop and police pursued the car along the Sturt Highway until the pursuit was terminated at Tanunda for safety reasons.

The male driver and female passenger abandoned the car about 10am Fiedler Street and ran off.

The Holden Calais was reported stolen from a Berri home overnight.

A number of Barossa patrols searched the area however the pair were not located.

About 11.30am police received a call from a resident on Diagonal Road at Angaston reporting a suspicious white Ford utility on their property.

A man was seen stealing petrol but drove off after being confronted by the home owners.

The Ford ute was spotted by police soon after travelling east on Siegersdorf Road towards Nuriootpa.

The car was followed to Light Pass Road where patrols attempted to stop the car however the driver refused to stop and drove into a nearby vineyard.

The driver abandoned the car after it became bogged on a bike track and ran off but was arrested shortly after by patrols.

Checks on the Ford ute revealed that it had been stolen earlier today from Tanunda.

A 26-year-old man of no fixed address is currently being interviewed by police and is likely to face a number of charges including illegal use of two motor vehicles and engaging in police pursuits.

Investigations are continuing and police are still seeking assistance from the public to help locate the woman involved in the earlier incident.


She is described as aged in her 20’s with dark brown shoulder length hair and wearing a high-vis top, dark pants and sunglasses.

Anyone with information that may assist the investigation is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at http://crimestopperssa.com.au/


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