A man who tried to enter a petrol station with an axe at Plympton has been arrested. Meanwhile, a motorcycle rider who has never held a licence has been arrested.

A man running along a busy road wielding an axe has been arrested after trying to enter a Plympton service station with the offensive weapon.

The man was spotted in the courtyard of an Anzac Highway servo about 4.15am Wednesday holding the axe, and a quick thinking worker locked the doors stopping him from entering.

He knocked on the glass doors but was not let in, and was last seen running along Marion Rd.

Police and police dog Stoic searched the area and found the Plympton man, 43, hiding in the front yard of a premises.

He was charged with disorderly behaviour and carrying an offensive weapon.

He was bailed to appear in court in April.

Meanwhile, a motorcycle rider who never held a licence has been arrested after fleeing police in Edinburgh North

Police tried to pull over the rider for a traffic stop about 10pm Tuesday on Peachey Rd but he refused to stop and sped off.

Police did not pursue the rider but later attended a Womma Rd home and found the motorcycle and rider.

The Oakden man, 49, was charged with failing to stop and riding unlicensed after it was revealed he never held one.

He was bailed to appear in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court next month and the motorcycle was impounded.

Extracted in full from: Man wielding axe arrested on busy road in Plympton | The Advertiser (adelaidenow.com.au)