Police arrest pair after pursuit at Christies Beach, South Australia

Police have arrested a man and a woman after a pursuit at Christies Beach this afternoon.

About 12.20pm on Friday 24 April, police spotted a red Ford sedan on Roy Terrace at Christies Beach. Southern District patrols attempted to stop the vehicle as checks showed the driver was unlicenced but it took off heading west on Beach Road.

Patrols followed the vehicle from a distance as it travelled north on Lonsdale Highway and called in the Police helicopter, PolAir, to monitor the car from the air.

The car did a u-turn as it got to Hallet Cove to travel back south on Lonsdale Highway but was lost around O’Halloran Hill.

Patrols attended at the registered owners address at Woodcroft but the suspect vehicle was not there.

While PolAir was still overhead, a woman at the home left in a second red Ford sedan. The woman was followed as she travelled north on Main South Road before it pulled into a service station at O’Halloran Hill.

At this time, a man got into the driver’s seat of the Ford who then allegedly reversed at police officers who were approaching the car on foot. Officers were able to stop the man and arrest him. No one was injured.

The Ford used by the man in the initial pursuit was later found abandoned at O’Halloran Hill. Both cars were impounded.

A 24-year-old man from Woodcroft was charged with engaging in a police pursuit, driving in a speed and manner dangerous, driving unlicenced and aggravated assault.

He has been refused bail and will appear in the Christies Beach Magistrates Court on Monday.

A 60-year-old Woodcroft woman was arrested and charged with assisting an offender and hinder police. Bail is yet to be determined.

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