BMW driver allegedly destroys car in Port Augusta, SA after road spikes deployed by police

Driver totals his $100k BMW after allegedly hitting 183km/h trying to outrun cops – before road spikes brought the chase to a crashing halt

  • The West Australian man crashed into a camera pole, allegedly fleeing police
  • The 38-year-old man totalled his BMW after hitting speeds of 183km/h 
  • Police tracked the BMW, worth $100k, up the Augusta Highway, South Australia
  • The BMW eventually ran over spikes and travelled on flat tyres before crashing
  • He was arrested and charged after allegedly fleeing the vehicle on Wednesday

A BMW driver has destroyed his $100,000 car after allegedly hitting speeds of more than 180km/h trying to flee police, before road spikes forced him to a crashing halt. 

The West Australian driver allegedly clocked 183 km/h in a 110 km/h zone in his BMW 3 series on the Augusta Highway in Nelshaby, South Australia on Wednesday at 12.15am.

Police allege the 38-year-old driver then headed 80km north before crashing in Port Augusta, at the intersection of Victoria and Carlton Parades.

Police had tracked the car up the Augusta Highway, with the help of witnesses, but did not pursue the vehicle. 

Officers instead laid out rows of road spikes in Port Augusta to stop the BMW driver but even with shredded tyres, he allegedly pushed on.  

The West Australian driver allegedly clocked 183 km/h in a 110 km/h zone on the Augusta Highway in Nelshaby, South Australia on Wednesday at 12.15am (pictured, the damaged BMW)

The West Australian driver allegedly clocked 183 km/h in a 110 km/h zone on the Augusta Highway in Nelshaby, South Australia on Wednesday at 12.15am (pictured, the damaged BMW)

Authorities tracked the car up the Augusta Highway, with the help of witnesses, and did not pursue the vehicle (pictured)

Authorities tracked the car up the Augusta Highway, with the help of witnesses, and did not pursue the vehicle (pictured)

The driver’s flat tyres eventually caused him to lose control of the BMW where he crashed into the kerb and a fixed red-light camera at a Port August intersection.

Officers found the vehicle in a heap with no driver inside before witnesses helped police locate the man, uninjured, a short distance away. 

The impact destroyed the premium car which can hit speeds of up to 250km/h and range in price from $101,900 to $113,600.

The man was arrested and charged with speed dangerous, drive without due care, drive dangerously to escape pursuit, drive unlicensed and trespass.

He was refused bail and appeared at the Port Augusta Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

The impact destroyed the BMW, which was towed away - the premium vehicle goes to a maximum speed of 250km/h and ranges in price from $101,900 to $113,600

The impact destroyed the BMW, which was towed away – the premium vehicle goes to a maximum speed of 250km/h and ranges in price from $101,900 to $113,600

The man allegedly crashed to the kerb and the fixed red-light camera at the Port August intersection, (pictured) police alleged

The man allegedly crashed to the kerb and the fixed red-light camera at the Port August intersection, (pictured) police alleged

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