Police arrest man over crime series near Tarlee, South Australia

A man is in custody following a series of events north of Adelaide involving forcing vehicles off the road, car-jacking a vehicle near Tarlee and then breaking into a home at Stockport.

Just before 8.30pm on Saturday 19 September, police were advised of a disturbance at Freeling, the suspect male left the area prior to police arrival in a silver Holden Rodeo ute.

Just after 9pm, a family in a silver Mitsubishi twin cab ute travelling on the Horrocks Highway just north of Tarlee reported being forced from the road by silver Rodeo, causing their vehicle to roll several times. The 30-year-old man, 32-year-old woman and 10 week baby girl all from Clare in the Mitsubishi, received minor injuries in the crash. The male suspect in the Rodeo left the scene shortly after the crash.

Then about 10 minutes later, a family travelling in a orange Mitsubishi 4WD on the Horrocks Highway at Tarlee reported having their car stolen, after a silver Rodeo on the incorrect side of the road crashed into their vehicle The suspect male in the Rodeo has then approached the 4WD, assaulted the male driver and forced him from the vehicle. The male suspect has driven off in the Mitsubishi 4WD after assaulting the male driver several times and biting a woman on the arm, who managed to removed their four month old baby from a car seat just before he drove off in their car.

The 44-year-old man, 43-year-old woman and four month old child all from Willaston were all taken to the Lyell McEwin Hospital for treatment.

At about 10.45pm on Saturday night, police received information the stolen orange Mistubishi 4WD was found abandoned in a paddock near the corner of Branson Road and Giles Corner Road, north of Stockport.

Police Dog Patrols along with STAR group officers rushed to the scene attended the scene but an extensive search including checking nearby farmhouse fail to locate the male suspect.

Just before 2am on Sunday 20 September, a resident on Stribling Road at Stockport, contacted police advising a man had entered her home requesting a blanket to keep warm. A police patrol attended and arrested the wanted male suspect without incident.

The 22-year-old man from Port Wakefield has been taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital for a mental health assessment. He expected to charged with a string of serious offences including aggravated robbery of the vehicle, several counts of acts to endanger life and assault cause harm.

Anyone with information on any of the above incidents is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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