TWO men who managed to outrun a police chase in South Australia saw their escape come undone hours later with a roadside spike belt.
Police say the two Melbourne men were wanted for petrol thefts at two stations along the west coast but failed to pull over during a pursuit that officers later called off for safety reasons.
Road spikes were then set up further east along the Eyre Highway at Kimba, about 320km northwest of Adelaide, as police waited for their suspects.
About three hours later, the pair's Ford sedan was seen again and the spike belt was deployed, bringing the car to an immediate halt.
Both men were arrested at the scene.
A 42-year-old man from Fitzroy has been charged with theft, breaching parole and engaging in a police chase.
A 21-year-old Melbourne man, believed to have no fixed address, was also charged with theft.
The pair are being held in custody and will appear in Whyalla Magistrates Court tomorrow.