Dramatic arrest: Outback town put in lockdown

 

A Queensland fugitive and his girlfriend have been arrested in South Australia following a multi-state manhunt that saw an entire town placed into lockdown last night.

Alex Blake, 28, is wanted in Queensland for questioning over an assault and stabbing incident at Ooralea, near Mackay on August 8.

Blake and his girlfriend were arrested overnight and are in custody in Port Augusta following a three-day manhunt.

High-speed chase puts town in lockdown

Blake and a 30-year-old woman allegedly evaded the border checkpoint to enter South Australia from Queensland on Monday night in a stolen Toyota HiLux.

The car was involved in a petrol drive-off at Innamincka, near the Queensland border earlier that day.

 

Police have arrested Alex Blake and a woman who allegedly snuck into SA from QLD in a stolen car.
Police have arrested Alex Blake and a woman who allegedly snuck into SA from QLD in a stolen car.

The town of Leigh Creek was last night sent into lockdown following a sighting about 1pm Wednesday, with authorities warning the pair may be armed.

Polair and police vehicles pursued the car in Beltana and Warraweena, telling residents to stay inside until the chase was over.

 

Blake is wanted for questioning over a an assault and stabbing incident at Ooralea, near Mackay on August 8.
Blake is wanted for questioning over a an assault and stabbing incident at Ooralea, near Mackay on August 8.

A South Australian Police spokeswoman told The Advertiser that police were waiting for Blake to run out of petrol.

South Australia police said they were arrested just after midnight on Thursday without incident at a remote property near Beltana in the State's Far North.

"The pair were located in a stolen Toyota HiLux Utility which was stationary on the property of the Warraweena which is south east of Leigh Creek and east of Beltana in the northern Flinders Ranges," a statement said.

 

The pair were arrested in their vehicle in the early hours of Thursday morning.
The pair were arrested in their vehicle in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The pair will be interviewed and charged by South Australia police with border breach, acts to endanger life, driving to evade police and petrol thefts.

They will appear later today before the Port Augusta Magistrates Court.

"Queensland Police are likely to extradite the man back to Queensland once the SA charges have been dealt with," a statement said.

Originally published as Dramatic arrest: Outback town put in lockdown


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