Stolen car ploughs through live cricket match in Adelaide
Posted On May 2, 2022
Two men have been arrested after taking police on an extraordinary pursuit through North Adelaide on Sunday.
In a car stolen the previous night from Royal Park, a 29-year-old male driver and his 26-year-old passenger tore through multiple intersections, collided with several civilians as well as a police car before speeding through the middle of a live cricket match.
Cricket player Kuldeep Dhungana was on the field at the time.
“The car was coming straight to us but luckily the driver changed the direction,” he said.
“It could have easily been a lot worse because the speed that car was going was really huge, even a small collision could be life-threatening.”
SA Police said “thankfully” no one was injured.
The chaos begun at about 3.20pm when the owner of the stolen red Holden Commodore saw their vehicle being driven in the Largs Bay area.
Police said the owner attempted to confront the thieves but was threatened by a man holding an axe before the duo fled in the vehicle.
Upon alert, patrols spotted the car on Port Road and then again heading south on Main North Road, Gepps Cross at about 3.45pm.
A chase was initiated through the back streets of North Adelaide.
A short time later, the Commodore smashed through a busy intersection on the corner of Childers Street, where it hit two cars before continuing on it’s rampage.
Next, the stolen vehicle hit a police car on the corner of Barton Terrace West.
Police then stopped the pursuit and watched as the car ploughed through a cricket game in parklands off Jeffcott Street.
Forcing it’s way past stationary cars at a set of traffic lights on Jeffcott Street and Park Terrace, the red car collided again with two more cars before forcing another driver to take evasive action to avoid a serious crash.
Moments later, the pair abandoned the battered car at Park Terrace in Bowden attempting an escape.
Police said the the Holden was also involved in two petrol thefts at Largs Bay and Wingfield earlier on in the day.
The driver from Parkside and the passenger from Para Hills West were arrested and set to face Adelaide Magistrates court today.
The Parkside man was charged with theft of a motor vehicle, aggravated drive dangerously to escape police pursuit, drive disqualified, drive under the influence, aggravated assault and acts likely to cause harm.
The Para Hills West man was charged with illegal use of a motor vehicle and carry offensive weapon.