South Australian Police Helicopter Captures Crazy Carjackings, High-Speed Chase

Yesterday Giz reported about the CSIRO, Boeing and Queensland University of Technology researching unmanned UAVs in urban areas. While that sounds all sorts of Sci-Fi, it'd no doubt result in more footage like this jaw-dropping multiple carjacking and high-speed chase captured by a South Australian Police helicopter on Thursday.

Police say it started with the pursuit of a stolen white Commodore on the Riddoch Highway, which was called off due to high speeds (reportedly as fast as 180km/h). Police will allege that two men then abandoned the white vehicle and stole another maroon Commodore. That’s where the above vision picks up, with the police helicopter tracking the car along the Dukes Highway.

As you can see, the men then appear to steal a four-wheel drive and continue on despite driving with deflated front tyres after being tyre spiked by police. That is until colliding with another vehicle and trailer at a tollgate. The 24-year old driver was arrested after a foot chase through peak-hour traffic, while the second man then allegedly stole a VW sedan from a 22 year old woman, forcing her from the driver’s side into the passenger seat.

Thankfully, the woman was allowed to leave a few minutes later before the VW crashed into a fence, forcing the man to flee and unsuccessfully try to carjack more vehicles. Police soon arrested the 20 year old man as he ran through nearby backyards.

The 24-year old man is charged with breach of bail, two counts of illegal use of a motor vehicle and two counts of illegal use of a motor vehicle and aggravated robbery. The 20-year old man is charged with three counts of illegal use, two counts of aggravated robbery, assault with intent to rob, unlawfully on premises and resisting police.

If you were affected by the incident, please contact [South Australian Police]



    Thats quite car chase, its about 430km from Mount Gambier where the chase started to the suburb of Pasadena where the chase ended

    Wow, the camera guy was excellent at retaining the car in his sights. Still, you find yourself wishing they had a 30mm Bushmaster in that chopper... One pop through the engine block. :)

      You've been watching Black Hawk Down haven't you? Or at least, it reminds me from the starting of that.

    A danger to everyone else on the road. Its times like this when 'excess force' should be agressively used.

    That almost looked like the original Grand Theft Auto the only thing that was missing was the Hari Krishnas!

    QUT is the university doing the research with the CSRIO not UQ. Even the link to the other Giz article stated so...

      Sorry for the dupe comment, missed yours.

      QUT Student, and student of D.C.

    Someone needs to invent a taser that works on cars.

      .50 round via sniper rifle to engine block or skip the engine and send it at the suspect.

    Can they charge them with all the traffic offenses as well? Surely the more time this filth spends in jail the better!

    These guys should be locked up for life, the number of people they could have killed is scary. You have admit though, that guy is either a really good driver, or very very lucky.

    The FLIR camera used in these choppers has object tracking so they can lock it on to something like a car etc and it will happily follow it though it does require an operator to make sure it doesn't change targets by accident or if the person being followed changes vehicle etc. Very very cool stuff.

    The article yesterday involved Queensland University of Technology, not University of Queensland. Quite different universities!

    You gotta be pretty thick to think you can out-run a chopper through these roads.
    Then again, being thick is why these idiots are crims in the first place I guess.

    Ah - Wondered what that was - About 8 police cars shot past me on the freeway on Thursday with a big red chopper overhead and a channel 9 news car coming up the rear! Still trying to see my little car going the other way, but they cut the footage just West of Mount Barker.

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