Police arrest man at Naracoorte over crime spree, South Australia

A man will face court after being arrested in Naracoorte yesterday over a recent crime spree.

Between 6pm Tuesday 13 April and 6.30am Wednesday 14 April, a silver Toyota Prius was stolen during a break-in at a Kings Park home.

About 8.15am on Wednesday 14 April, police received reports of the stolen Prius being involved in a petrol theft at Willalooka. It was also reported driving dangerously on the Riddoch Highway, almost colliding with a truck.

A Naracoorte Highway Patrol spotted the car stopped on the side of the Riddoch Highway however, the car sped off as police approached and attempted to stop the vehicle. The pursuit was quickly terminated due to safety reasons and was last seen heading south towards Naracoorte.

A Lucindale patrol saw the stolen car again on Deviation Road at Naracoorte where they were able to successfully spike both passenger side tyres.

The driver stopped the vehicle and fled on foot into the yard of a nearby home.

Police set cordons around the area and arrested the alleged driver after jumping fences of homes in Gordon Street.

A search of the stolen car uncovered other property believed to be stolen from a car at Clarence Park on Tuesday night.

A 27-year-old man from New South Wales was charged with a number of offences including aggravated serious criminal trespass, two counts of theft, driving dangerously to avoid police pursuit and other traffic offences. He was refused bail to appear in the Mount Gambier Magistrates Court today.

Investigations are continuing.


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