Keith petrol drive-off leads to pursuit

A woman has been charged after she pursued a petrol drive-off beginning in Keith last night.

Police were notified just after 10 pm and checks on the white Ford sedan’s registration revealed it had been stolen from Elliminyt, near Colac in Victoria.

Police headed to the Princes Highway to search for the vehicle, spotting it soon after travelling north at high speed on the Princes Highway near Tailem Bend. Police did not pursue the car at this time but patrols from Murray Bridge set up road spikes near the Swanport Bridge.

The car was successfully spiked shredding a back tyre but continued driving onto the South Eastern Freeway. Police engaged in a pursuit at this time and were able to successfully spike the car again minutes later, however the Ford continued driving north at slow speed toward Adelaide.

Police closed the South Eastern Freeway and managed to spike the cars tyres successfully for a third time, the car continuing to travel on four rims for a short time before grinding to a halt on at St Ives. Police swooped on the driver and sole occupant, a 23-year-old woman of no fixed address.

The woman has been charged with a number of offences including making off without payment, drive disqualified, drive dangerous, engage in police pursuit and unlawful possession. She was refused bail and will appear at the Mount Barker Magistrates Court today.