TWO men from Adelaide will face court in that city today, charged with failing to comply with Covid-19 directions after a car chase that began at the South Australian border with Victoria.
South Australian Police said a silver Holden Captiva and a blue Holden Calais approached the border checkpoint on the Dukes Highway at Wolseley, just over the border from Serviceton, at 1.30am on Friday.
"Police signaled for the vehicles to stop however both cars failed to do so and sped past police toward Bordertown. Police followed the cars for a short distance but lost sight of them on the Highway. Back up patrols were called in including the police helicopter PolAir.
"The cars were briefly sighted at a petrol station at Keith before speeding off again toward Adelaide. The cars were again sighted just out of Tailem Bend and police activated their emergency lights in attempts to stop the cars, but they refused and a short pursuit ensued.
"Thankfully patrols were waiting with road spikes on the Princes Highway, just near the Tailem Bend Hospital. The Holden Captiva was successfully spiked and came to a stop a short distance away, the Holden Calais stopped at this location as well."
The drivers, a 25-year-old from Osborn and a 26-year-old from Brooklyn Park, have been refused bail ahead of appearing in court, and have also been charged with driving unlicensed.
A police spokeswoman said it was "unusual" why the pair didn't stop at the Wolseley checkpoint.
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South Australian residents returning home from any other state, regardless of how long they were interstate for, need to register for pre-approval and detail why they were travelling interstate.
Non-essential travellers must also quarantine for 14 days on their return to South Australia, and as of July 19, any person who wishes to enter South Australia from a place outside South Australia (other than NT, QLD, TAS and WA) and is assessed by SAPOL as a non-essential traveler, must acknowledge that they will be required to submit to a COVID-19 test on the first and twelfth day of entry.
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