A 36-year-old man is in custody after an alleged petrol theft in Tennant Creek alerted police he was driving a car reported stolen in New South Wales.

At 7.45am on Monday, police received reports of a car allegedly being driven away without paying for fuel from a service station in Tennant Creek.

The car, which was registered in Victoria and reported stolen from Dareton, NSW, was monitored as it travelled south along the Stuart Hwy.

Coordination between police from Strike Force Viper, dog squad, drone unit, traffic and general duties allowed for a tyre deflation device to be used on the car.

The vehicle came to a stop on the highway south of Alice Springs, where police were able to arrest the driver.

He has been charged with driving a car without consent, theft, dangerous driving, and running a red light.

Detective Senior Sergeant Michael Budge said: “I commend the collaborative efforts of all involved to successfully bring this vehicle to a safe stop and apprehend the driver”.

“This incident exemplifies the excellent policing work of our various units, including local police from other areas, and their steadfast dedication to protect and serve the community.”

Extracted in full from:  https://www.ntnews.com.au/news/alice-springs/man-36-faces-several-driving-charges-after-allegedly-stealing-fuel-from-tennant-creek-servo/news-story/edd38239506b9ac9f24d18be51906313