Two men have been charged after they sped over the South Australian border from Victoria and sparked a police pursuit which came to an end after officers deployed road spikes.
The pair, aged 25 and 26, were driving separate cars and didn’t stop at a South Australia border checkpoint on the Dukes Highway at Wolseley about 1.30am on Friday.
A short pursuit began and back-up patrols and the PolAir helicopter were called in before one car was stopped by road spikes near Tailem Bend Hospital. The man in the second car stopped voluntarily.
The 25-year-old man, from Osborne in SA, and the 26-year-old from Brooklyn Park, also in SA, were arrested.
Both men were later charged with various offences, including failing to comply with COVID-19 directions and driving while unlicensed.
They were refused bail to face Adelaide Magistrates Court on Friday.
The arrests come as SA health officials play down concerns a second positive case in as many days could be the start of a second wave of infections in the state.
A SA man who went to Victoria to work on the wharves tested positive for COVID-19 after initially testing negative when he flew back to Adelaide earlier in July.
He is currently in hotel quarantine and his family members are self-isolating at home as they await their test results.
But SA Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier doesn’t think the case could be the start of a second wave, as has occurred in Victoria.
‘Everything has worked well in this instance and my team has provided me with the confidence that we have got all the close contacts,’ she said on Thursday.
However, the incident has prompted a review of the number of essential workers allowed to move between SA and Victoria.
There have been 7,125 cases in Victoria and 403 new cases in the last 24 hours.
Coronavirus cases in SA have been much lower with a total of 447 and only one new case in the last 24 hours.