A teenage boy has been arrested following a police pursuit with a stolen car from Port Augusta to near Whyalla overnight.
Just before 2am, a Port Augusta patrol was passing a local service station when they spotted a youth filling up a car with petrol. When the youth saw the patrol he jumped into the car and drove off without paying for the fuel.
Police checks on the car, a grey Mazda sedan revealed it had been stolen from Seaton on Monday.
The youth driving the car refused to stop and was pursued through Port Augusta then south on the main highway leading to Whyalla.
Police patrols followed the car at a distance along the Eyre Highway onto the Lincoln Highway.
The stolen car continued south for about 30 minutes until it nearly reached Whyalla, when it did a U-turn and headed back towards Port Augusta.
Patrols were able to set up road spikes on the Lincoln Highway, puncturing two tyres of the Mazda.
The stolen car continued for a short distance before the male teenager ran from the car. Patrols set up surrounding cordons and located the youth nearby.
The 17-year-old boy form Seaton has been arrested and charged with illegal use, engage in a police pursuit, theft and driving while disqualified.
He has been refused police bail and will appear in the Port Augusta Youth Court later today.
There were no injuries and no damage to any vehicles other than the two tyres spiked by the police patrol.