Teens arrested: joy ride ends in high speed bridge crash

A group of teenagers have been arrested after their joy ride in a stolen car ended in dramatic fashion on the Joy Baluch Bridge this morning.

Just after 9.30am motorists reported a white Toyota Camry with a Victorian registration speeding on the Augusta Highway, heading from Crystal Brook towards Port Augusta.

Police first spotted the vehicle - which was stolen from North Adelaide overnight - 40kms south of Port Augusta near Mambray Creek, but did not pursue for safety reasons.

At 10.15am the vehicle was again spotted near the Wilmington turn-off heading north.

As the car approach Port Augusta, police cleared local streets and busy intersections.

The car sped through Port Augusta in excess of 100km/h, travelling down Commercial Road in the wrong direction.

Just before 10.30am the stolen vehicle tried to squeeze between a car and a pole on the Joy Baluch Bridge.

The driver crashed and the car and became wedged against the guard rail, with the front end of the vehicle hanging off of the bridge.

POLICE: The stolen vehicle crashed into the guard rail along the Joy Baluch Bridge. Photo: SAPOL.

POLICE: The stolen vehicle crashed into the guard rail along the Joy Baluch Bridge. Photo: SAPOL.

The five male occupants tried to run from police, but they were all quickly rounded up a short distance away.

The teenagers aged 18, 17, two aged 16-years-old and one aged 15-years-old were all from Adelaide.

They were arrested and charged with illegal use of a motor vehicle.

The driver, one of the 16-year-old boys, will also be charged with driving in a manner dangerous to the public and driving to evade police.

There were no injuries in the crash and only a small amount of damage to another vehicle when the stolen car collided with it on the bridge.

Further enquiries are continuing with the stolen car linked to petrol theft and other driving offences in Adelaide overnight.

The Joy Baluch Bridge was closed to traffic for a short time, but has since reopened.

There is no structural damage to the bridge other than minor damage to the guard rail.