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SA: ‘Armed’ fugitive and female companion caught after intensive police investigation closing cities

‘Armed’ fugitive and female companion caught after intensive police investigation that shut down an entire town

  • Queenslander Alex Blake and girlfriend reportedly entered SA illegally on Tuesday
  • The pair are said to have led police on a 24-hour car chase that has closed several cities
  • The pair are expected to be charged with crimes such as border trespassing

A man reportedly armed with a gun and his girlfriend have been arrested after an intensive police search that closed an entire town while officers searched the house.

Alex Blake, 28, and his 30-year-old girlfriend reportedly entered South Australia from Queensland on Tuesday – a violation of the coronavirus border fences.

The couple were eventually arrested late Wednesday afternoon after rapid chases and helicopter searches in the far north of SA.

Blake and his girlfriend reportedly crossed the border in a stolen Toyota Hilux Utility on Tuesday.

Alex Blake (pictured), 28, and his 30-year-old girlfriend illegally entered South Australia from Queensland on Tuesday

Alex Blake (pictured), 28, and his 30-year-old girlfriend illegally entered South Australia from Queensland on Tuesday

He would be armed with a gun Nine news reported.

Breyten Ward, manager of Leigh Creek Petrol Station, said agents told people in the area to shut down their business while looking for the suspects.

“About two hours ago they said we should lock everything up,” Mr. Ward said ABC.

“We locked the pub, the gas station … I think the police have it under control.”

The man was to be extradited to Queensland at local charges once the charges were settled in South Australia.

Blake’s car was reportedly chased in Port Augusta by a police car on the wrong side of the road on Tuesday afternoon.

Blake reportedly nearly run over a roadhouse manager in Innamincka while driving off after not paying for his gasoline.

The pair were eventually arrested late Wednesday afternoon after rapid chases and helicopter searches in the state's far north. Pictured: Vehicle allegedly heading in the wrong direction on the road

The pair were eventually arrested late Wednesday afternoon after rapid chases and helicopter searches in the state's far north. Pictured: Vehicle allegedly heading in the wrong direction on the road

The pair were eventually arrested late Wednesday afternoon after rapid chases and helicopter searches in the state’s far north. Pictured: Vehicle allegedly heading in the wrong direction on the road

He was spotted again at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, before being arrested at 3:45 p.m.

“PolAir monitored the utility from the air as it continued along the Outback Highway towards Leigh Creek, where it turned up Old Beltana Road and headed north before entering Warraweena Station,” SA Police said in a statement.

“The vehicle then stopped in scrubbing.”

He is also said to be responsible for another petrol theft in Hawker, near the Flinders Ranges.

The couple is expected to be charged with border violations, life-threatening acts, driving to avoid police and gas thefts.

They will both appear before the Port Augusta Magistrates Court on Thursday.

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