A 29-year-old man has been arrested following a string of car thefts across the Fleurieu, Adelaide Hills and Adelaide suburbs on Monday, January 21.
About 1.20am, police stopped with a black Holden ute at a service station in Seaford, where the passenger got out of the car.
The driver allegedly gave police a false name before speeding off, and the police gave chase.
The pursuit was soon called off and the ute was last seen travelling south on Main South Road.
Police and emergency services were called to the corner of Foggo Road and Chalk Hill Road at McLaren Flat just after 4.20am, following a tip-off of a trespasser on the property running west on Chalk Hill Road.
A cordon was set up and the man was spotted hiding in a paddock. When police approached him, he was allegedly non-compliant was capsicum sprayed, but he ran off into nearby vineyards.
Soon after, a white Toyota Landcruiser was stolen from a property on Twentyeight Road.
The driver allegedly ran into a police vehicle which had approached them and drove away, with police not engaging in pursuit. No one was injured.
Police discovered the Landcruiser dumped in Clarendon about 7am, and a silver Holden sedan had been stolen from a short distance away.
The car was last spotted heading out of Meadows towards Strathalbyn, but it took searches by patrols and the police helicopter a number of hours before finding it at a Strathalbyn address just before 2.30pm. Crime Scene Investigators examined the car before it was returned to the owner.
Police arrested the wanted man without incident at his Mansfield Park address just after 10pm that night.
He was charged with three counts of dangerous driving to escape police, two counts of illegal use, endangering life, property damage, drive unlicensed, and stating false details. He was refused bail and faced Port Adelaide Magistrates Court on Tuesday, where he was remanded in custody to appear on April 24 at Adelaide Magistrates Court.