Wanted man Alex Blake from Queensland and his girlfriend have been arrested without incident at a remote property near Beltana in the State’s Far North.
Police STAR (Special Tasks and Rescue) officers apprehended the two wanted persons from Queensland just after midnight following an extensive ground and air search of the far north region of South Australia involving country patrols, and Polair ( The Police Helicopter)
The pair were located in a stolen Toyota Hilux Utility which was stationary on the property of the Warraweena which is south east of Leigh Creek and east of Beltana in the northern Flinders Ranges.
Just after 1pm yesterday (Wednesday 2 September), police received reports of the Toyota Hilux utility travelling south along Belton Road at Carrieton. Numerous patrols made their way to the area along with the police fixed wing aircraft – PolAir 57.
Police then spotted the utility travelling north along R M Williams Way near Craddock around 3.45pm before it turned right onto Flinders Ranges Way. Patrols followed the utility at a distance as it headed through Hawker and towards Parachilna along the Outback Highway.
PolAir then followed the utility from the air as it continued along the Outback Highway towards Leigh Creek where it turned onto Old Beltana Road and headed north before turning onto Warraweena Station. The vehicle then stopped in scrub.
The 28-year-old man and the 30-year-old both from Queensland have been taken to Port Augusta Police Station where they will be interviewed and charged, border breach, acts to endanger life, driving to evade police and petrol thefts. They will appear later today before the Port Augusta Magistrates Court.
Queensland Police are likely to extradite the man back to Queensland once the SA charges have been dealt with.