Woman arrested after pursuit on northern expressway , SA

A 53-year-old woman has been arrested after road spikes needed to be used to stop her car on the northern expressway earlier tonight, according to SA Police.

Just before 6pm, police received several calls from motorists who reported seeing a woman driving a small Toyota Echo sedan on the Northern Expressway near Shea-Oak Log, with a flat front driver’s side tyre and sparks coming off the tyre rim.

Shortly after a police patrol spotted the car travelling south and requested the woman to stop, but the woman allegedly ignored police and continued on.

Police tried several times to get the woman to pull-over, including, drawing level with her, using police sirens and then a PA system asking the woman to stop, but she continued to drive on regardless travelling at about 40km/hr.

Eventually police patrols resorted to using road spikes which punctured the front passenger tyre, but the woman continued on, despite now the front end of her car dragging on the road.

Finally, near Virginia, the little Toyota Echo had had enough and stopped of it’s own accord with smoke billowing from the engine.

Gawler Police then arrested the Holden Hill woman and charged her with engaging in a police pursuit and drink driving, after she was breath tested and allegedly registered a blood alcohol level of 0.148 or nearly three times over the legal limit.

The woman was bailed to appear in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court at a later date.

There were no injuries or damage to other vehicles.

/Public Release.