Police say a man and a woman allegedly involved in a pursuit that ended in Adelaide’s CBD forced a 70-year-old woman into a car, stabbed her and threatened to kill her.
- The car was allegedly stolen from Adelaide’s north-eastern suburbs about 5:00pm
- The chase began in the inner-west after police were told someone was allegedly stabbed inside
- It ended in front of the police headquarters in the CBD
The chase started in the north-eastern suburbs about 5:00pm yesterday and ended outside South Australia Police’s Angas Street headquarters about 6:30pm.
A 38-year-old woman and 36-year-old man of no fixed address have been charged with threatening to kill, causing serious harm to another, detaining a person to commit an offence and theft.
The woman has also been charged with engaging in a police pursuit.
Their passenger — the 70-year-old woman — was found inside the Chrysler 300C sedan with what police say was a stab wound to the stomach and head injuries once the pursuit ended.
She was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital and is in a serious but stable condition.
Chase started at Greenacres
Police said the charged man and woman initially hired the chauffeur hire car to take them to the 70-year-old woman’s home in Greenacres.
They then allegedly forced her into the car.
The chauffeur driver then got out of the car to alert police and the woman allegedly drove off with his car.
A tracking device inside the vehicle was used to find it in Hilton, in Adelaide’s inner-west.
Police began a pursuit after hearing from a witness that someone inside the vehicle had been stabbed.
The car then allegedly crashed into an unmarked police car and headed through the CBD to Glen Osmond Road and then the South Eastern Freeway towards the Adelaide Hills.
The driver did a U-turn before the Heysen Tunnels and although the cars tyres were spiked near the Tollgate, it continued on its rims back to the CBD via Unley.
It came to a stop on the footpath outside SA Police headquarters about 6:30pm.
The man and woman were arrested at the scene.
They are expected to appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court today.
Police say it was not random
Police said all parties knew each other.
Chief Inspector Matt Nairn said several patrols and the police helicopter were used to try to stop the car.
“Any motor vehicle pursuit is dangerous, so in this particular case we used the police helicopter and pulled the other vehicles back and used road spikes as an effective means to stop it,” he said.
He said the chase ending at the police station was “quite coincidental”.
“[It’s] simply where the vehicle has come to a stop,” he said.
“The vehicle has run out of, effectively a tyre, and stopped in the driveway of headquarters.”
Second pursuit at Northfield
Separately, police have arrested one man and are searching for a second after a high-speed car chase in Adelaide’s north this morning.
The chase ended when the drivers of a white Mazda sedan crashed into another car on Grand Junction Road at Northfield, near Briens Road.
A woman and child in that car have been taken to hospital with minor injuries.
One of the male occupants involved in the police chase was arrested at the scene, but the other fled.
More than a dozen police patrols are in the area searching houses for the remaining man.
It is believe the car they were in was stolen.