SA woman in court after taxi theft, chase

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An Adelaide woman will face court accused of stealing a taxi and leading police on a late-night chase.

It's alleged the 31-year-old waved the cab down on Melbourne Street in the city's north just after midnight, on Saturday, but refused to say exactly where she wanted to be taken.

Police say the woman then told the driver she wanted to go to Victor Harbor, 85 kilometres away.

The driver refused and stopped his vehicle in a nearby street.

When he got out to call police, the woman got into the driver's seat and sped off.

Other police patrols followed the taxi as it drove onto the Southern Expressway heading south.

The cab then exited the expressway and road spikes were used to stop the car in Christie Downs.

The woman was arrested soon after.

She has been charged with numerous offences including illegal use of a motor vehicle, engaging in a police pursuit and other traffic offences.

She has been refused bail and will appear in Christies Beach Magistrates Court on Monday.

Police do not believe the incident is related to the theft of another taxi in North Adelaide around the same time.

In that incident, a short time later, a cab was flagged down by a man who allegedly opened the driver's door and demanded money before pulling the driver out of the vehicle and assaulting him.

The suspect then got into the taxi and sped off.

The cab was located soon after but a search for the wanted man involving a police helicopter failed to locate anyone.