The driver was controlling the vehicle with a pair of vice grips. Photo: SA Police
Driving unregistered and uninsured were the least of an Adelaide man's problems when he was pulled over in the city's north-eastern suburbs on Monday.
It was 8.30am when the officers stopped his Holden sedan on Sudholz Road at Gilles Plains, believing him to be driving dangerously in the morning's peak-hour traffic.
The officers discovered not only were two tyres blown out but the steering wheel was missing, leaving the driver to control the vehicle with a pair of vice grips.
"Further investigations led police to believe the vehicle had just been involved in a hit-run crash in Northfield only minutes earlier," a police spokesman said.
The driver, a 38-year-old Northfield man, was allegedly driving while disqualified and returned a positive drug test to methyl amphetamine and cannabis.
He was arrested and charged with driving without due care, failing to stop at the scene of a crash, driving in a manner dangerous, driving while disqualified, unregistered, uninsured and contrary to defect and breaching his bail conditions.  
He has appeared in court and was remanded in custody.