Dramatic moment when an alleged car thief leaves his vehicle and flees on foot after a quick police chase for other motorists
- A 42-year-old man is said to have stolen two cars during a high-speed car chase in Adelaide
- He was reportedly involved in a four-car accident before police nailed his tires
- A witness said their car was almost pushed into a parked truck during the chase
A man who allegedly stole two cars in a violent high-speed chase before leaving his last vehicle to flee on foot has been arrested.
Dramatic images taken by a woman reportedly swept sideways by the thief showed him surrounded by police on Cross Road, south of Adelaide, on Friday.
The 42-year-old reportedly jumps out of the stolen vehicle while an officer tried to grab the man as he left the Toyota Rav4 before running into a side street.
Angel Xenikis, 19, said her mother Patricia brought them to the shops when the allegedly stolen RAV4 approached them while she was swinging wild.
A 42-year-old man reportedly stole two cars before fleeing on foot on Cross Road, south of Adelaide
We were driving on Cross Road and suddenly a car was swinging next to us and almost hit us.
Miss Xenikis said they were trapped between a parked truck and the allegedly stolen vehicle as it passed.
“Luckily my mom drove through it very well and didn’t hit the truck, but I think we got about 2 inches from his car or the truck,” she said.
“We noticed that his tires were empty and thought he was losing control of the car because of that, but then he jumped out and shot while the police ran after him.”
In the video, Miss Xenikis was heard saying “that car almost hit us, and when I say it almost hit us, I mean we almost died.”
After police stole the tires of the stolen Rav4, the man reportedly ran away, but was arrested and taken to hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
The alleged car chase started when police were called at 11:45 am for a four-car accident at the intersection of Belair Road and Cross Road in Kingswood
The 42-year-old then reportedly got out of his car and towed the driver of a Holden Commodore from their car and drove away.
The Commodore was then reportedly involved in “countless traffic incidents” before crashing into a tree, according to an SA police spokesman.
Angel Xenikis, 19, (right) said her mom Patricia (left) took them to the shops when the allegedly fast-driving stolen Toyota RAV4 approached them while she was swinging wild
He then claimed that he had approached a woman who was driving a Rav4 on Diagonal Road in Warradale and had the car stolen, but left it after the police tires were stolen.
The 42-year-old was arrested after a ‘short chase’ and taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
“He is expected to be charged with two more serious robberies, involving police pursuit and other serious traffic offenses,” police said in a statement.
Anyone who has witnessed the accident or captured footage from dashcam is requested to contact Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000.