A South Australian outback town has been locked down as police search for wanted man Alex Blake, who is understood to be armed with a gun.
- Locals in Leigh Creek say SA Police ordered them into lockdown as they chased wanted man Alex Blake
- It is understood Mr Blake is armed
- SA Police say the chase is centred around Warraweena Station
Locals in Leigh Creek, in the state’s far north, say they went into police-ordered lockdown late this afternoon, as officers converged on the area, chasing Mr Blake and a female companion.
The search is focused on remote areas near Leigh Creek, including Beltana.
SA Police tonight confirmed they had sighted a stolen Hilux ute believed to be driven by Mr Blake.
“Just after 1:00pm today, police received reports of the Toyota Hilux utility travelling south along Belton Road at Carrieton,” the police statement read.
“Numerous patrols made their way to the area along with the police fixed-wing aircraft — PolAir 57.”
Around 3:45pm, police spotted the ute driving north along RM Williams Way, near Craddock, before it turned right onto Flinders Ranges Way.
Patrols followed the car as it headed through Hawker, towards Parachilna, along the Outback Highway.
The police helicopter then followed it from the air as it travelled towards Leigh Creek, before it travelled on dirt roads and through scrubland at Warraweena Station.
It stopped about 7 kilometres south of Warraweena Station, with police making their way to the location — believing the two occupants are still with the vehicle.
Property owners in the area are asked to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity by calling the Police Assistance Line on 131 444 or, if it is an emergency, triple-0.
SA Police had begun searching for Mr Blake yesterday, after a stolen car he was allegedly driving entered the state from Queensland illegally and stole petrol from Innamincka, in the state’s remote north-east.
Leigh Creek Petrol Station manager Breyten Ward said there was a heavy police presence in the area.
“About two hours ago they told us to lock everything down,” Mr Ward said.
The white ute was reported as having been stolen from a Queensland address on Sunday and it crossed the SA border on Tuesday afternoon, evading police at the checkpoint.
A car matching that description was seen travelling at speed down on the wrong side of Augusta Highway at Port Augusta earlier today.