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SA fugitive caught after month on the run after filling up stolen car

A 28-year-old Adelaide woman is in police custody after allegedly evading authorities for more than a month.

Khe Sanh Cox was wanted over a break-in at St Agnes and other serious offences just days after allegedly cutting off her home detention device.

The police manhunt gained more attention than usual, their appeal going viral on social media as a result of Ms Cox sharing her name with a song by famous rock group Cold Chisel.

She was finally caught last night at a petrol station in Waikerie in the state’s Riverland region after allegedly driving off in a stolen car after filling up without paying.

“She’s made eye contact with one of the girls that has worked here (but) and you could just see her fill up put the pump up and she ran she was gone,” service station attendant Ebony Dunn told 9News.

“I was a bit baffled about how far she actually got considering basically the police were up five minutes from her being here.”

The stolen Honda drove on the Sturt Highway towards Gawler and then Munno Para.

The police chopper tracked it through the northern suburbs before the car was abandoned on Reordan Drive just after 8pm.

Officers with sniffer dogs searched after Ms Cox and her male passenger allegedly fled before breaking into a house on McCann Place, where a woman was inside.

“She’d been attacked by a police dog I think, so yeah she was pretty irate the screaming went on for about an hour,” neighbour Chris Polvari told 9News.

Ms Cox was taken to the Royal Adelaide for treatment.

Police also arrested her 37-year-old alleged accomplice, charging the Mile End man with illegal use of a motor vehicle and hindering police.

He’s been granted release on bail.

Ms Cox remains in police custody.

Extracted from 9News