- A drink driver was caught more than seven times over the legal limit on Sunday
- Another two traffic deaths were recorded in South Australia over the weekend
- The state's road toll now sits at 35, compared to 36 at the same time last year
Despite a dramatic reduction in traffic due to the coronavirus pandemic affecting Australians' movements, 35 people have lost their lives on SA roads this year — with several serious incidents occurring over the Easter long weekend.
The state's 2020 road toll is now running almost equally alongside where South Australian figures were at this time last year; 36 deaths.
South Australia recorded its worst road fatality rate for almost a decade in 2019 when 114 people died.
A 65-year-old woman from Elizabeth Park died at the scene of a crash near Williamstown, about 50 kilometres northeast of Adelaide, at about 9:30 pm on Friday.
Police and emergency services were called to the scene after reports a car had collided with a tree.
The woman was a passenger in the car and the driver sustained minor injuries.
The following day, Easter Saturday, a 19-year-old male German national died in a rollover on a rural property at Colebatch, near the Coorong in the state's south-east.
The man's death was not counted on the state's road toll because it happened on a private property.
A SA Police (SAPOL) spokesperson said police were hopeful that "with less traffic on our roads this Easter, due to travel restrictions, there will be less crashes, injuries and fatalities".
"We have been very pleased by the way South Australians have heeded the message to stay home … There has been much less traffic on our roads and in our holiday hotspots," the spokesperson said.
"Unfortunately, some people haven't heeded the road safety message and police have detected drink and drug drivers across the state.
"Despite restrictions on travel this Easter, police are still out in force monitoring road safety and have the power to pull over any vehicle, on any road, at any time and request that driver submit to a drug or alcohol test."
Man leads police patrols on chase
On the same evening, according to SA Police, a Volkswagen sedan sped off after a patrol attempted to stop it on Maxwell Avenue in Edwardstown.
A police helicopter tracked the car to Adelaide's CBD, where its wheels were spiked twice before it collided with a Mazda sedan at the intersection of Waymouth Street and West Terrace.
The driver of the Mazda, a woman in her 20s, suffered minor injuries and was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH).
The driver of the Volkswagen, a 26-year-old Ingle Farm man, was arrested and charged with driving in a dangerous manner, refusing to comply with a breath test and driving with unassigned number plates.
He has been refused bail and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court.
Police said his passenger, a 26-year-old Enfield man, was also taken to the RAH with leg injuries, which are not considered life-threatening.
Drink driver reported to child protection authorities
And in a separate incident, a woman recorded a blood alcohol reading more than seven times the legal limit on Sunday afternoon, according to police.
The 30-year-old Ingle Farm woman allegedly recorded a blood alcohol level of 0.365 when she was stopped on Main North Road in Salisbury East.
Two young children and a sober, fully licensed adult were allegedly passengers in the car.
The SAPOL spokesperson described the woman's reading as "staggering" and said the Department of Child Protection would be informed of the incident.
"Officers couldn't understand why a sober adult passenger in the car, who has a full licence, wasn't given the keys to safely drive the family," the spokesperson said.
The passenger drove the children home. The car will be impounded from today for 28 days.
The driver was reported for drink driving and two counts of drink driving with a child under 16 in the car.
She lost her licence for 12 months and will be summonsed to appear in court at a later date