Police arrest man at Huntfield Heights after police car damaged, South Australia

A Huntfield Heights man will face several charges after he allegedly threw a gas bottle at a police car, smashing the windscreen.

Just before 6pm on Saturday 30 March, police received information about a man in a Toyota Landcruiser towing a camper trailer, driving erratically on Marion Road at Bedford Park, towards the Southern Expressway.

A short time later, a police patrol attended the registered owner’s address at Candover Crescent Huntfield Heights. Just as the police patrol travelled along the street, a man appeared from the Landcruiser and allegedly threw a 9kg gas bottle at the police car smashing the windscreen, while the two officers were inside the vehicle.

Moments later the same man lit a fire on the front porch of a house in Candover Crescent. Police patrols quickly moved in restraining the man taking him into custody, then extinguishing the small fire with garden house before it could spread.

The 36-year-old man is currently being mentally and physically assessed at the Flinders Medical Centre, but expected to be charged with several serious offences.

One patrol officer received minor glass cuts to their hands as a result of the incident.

There was only minor damage caused by the fire. The damaged police car had to be towed from the scene.

The house in Candover Crescent remains under police guard overnight, with crime scene examiners and drug quad detectives attending in the morning.

Anyone with information on the the incident including sightings of the Toyota Landcruiser travelling south on the Southern Expressway at about 7pm to please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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