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Man Refused Bail Following Carjackings & Police Chase

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A man has been arrested following two robberies and a police pursuit through metro and regional SA.

It is alleged the 21-year-old Andrews Farm man was armed with a knife when pulled a man out of his red Holden commodore on Grand Junction Road at Wingfield about 12.40pm on Sunday 13 December.

The stolen car was then involved in a petrol drive off at a Bolivar service station at 12.45pm and just after 1pm. PolAir was brought in to monitor the car from the air while patrols maintained a safe distance in cordons.

Police allege at about 1.35pm the driver of the stolen car stopped on at Barossa Valley Way and attempted to pull a woman from her car but was unsuccessful. He then successfully stole a white Suzuki Swift from a woman, leaving behind the Holden Commodore. The victim was not injured but said she was shaken by the incident.

PolAir tracked the Suzuki through Williamstown, Birdwood and into Mount Pleasant where patrols successfully spiked two of the car’s tyres. The driver allegedly drove through the north-eastern hills and suburbs, ending up in North Adelaide, where he abandoned the car and fled by foot.

Nearby patrols gave chase and arrested the driver just west of O’Connell Street. 

The suspect was charged with a number of offences including two counts of aggravated robbery, engaging in a police pursuit and theft and was refused bail.

Detectives ask anyone with dash-cam footage of any of the incidents or vision of the stolen vehicles to come forward.

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

File photo of PolAir helicopter by Nachoman-au, WikiCommons