A woman has been arrested and officers are searching for a man in the wake of two taxis being stolen within an hour of each other in the same suburb, in what police say are unrelated incidents.
- A 31-year-old woman of no fixed address has been arrested over one of the incidents
- In the second incident a taxi driver was assaulted before his vehicle was stolen
- The offender involved in the second incident remains at large
SA Police (SAPOL) said in the first incident, about 12:15am on Saturday, a taxi driver picked up a woman on Melbourne Street in North Adelaide.
She asked to be driven elsewhere in Adelaide, refusing to say exactly where, before telling the driver she wanted to be taken to Victor Harbor.
SAPOL said the driver refused, stopped his car on Frome Street and exited it to contact police.
When he left the car, the woman reportedly got into the driver’s seat and drove away.
Police patrols followed the taxi along Anzac Highway, South Road and onto the Southern Expressway, before the woman left the expressway at Beach Road.
Police used road spikes to stop the car in Christie Downs.
A 31-year-old woman of no fixed address was arrested by officers and charged with several traffic offences, including illegal use of a motor vehicle and engaging in a police pursuit.
She was refused bail and will appear in the Christies Beach Magistrates Court on Monday.
Taxi driver assaulted in second incident
About 35 minutes after the first taxi was stolen — about 12:50am — another driver was flagged down by a man on O’Connell Street, North Adelaide.
Police said when the taxi stopped, the man opened the driver’s door and demanded money, before pulling the driver out of the car and assaulting him.
The man then reportedly got into the taxi and drove away.
Police said the taxi driver was not injured.
The Toyota Prius was later located on Prospect Road, but despite the police helicopter and a police dog being deployed to search for the suspect, he was not found.
Police said the man was described as being of Aboriginal appearance and about 170 centimetres tall, with a slim build and short dark hair.
He was wearing a dark-coloured T-shirt, light-coloured shorts and white socks at the time of the incident.
SAPOL has urged anyone who witnessed the incident to contact Crime Stoppers.
In statements posted online, SAPOL said it did not believe the incidents were related.