A police patrol car has been pummelled with rocks and bottles after officers were forced to abandon it during an altercation at Murray Bridge, east of Adelaide.
Police were called to a home in the town over reports of a large gathering early on Friday.
When they arrived, they discovered a group of about 20 people who soon became aggressive.
The officers were forced to use capsicum spray to keep the group at bay but retreated when a number of individuals started throwing bottles and rocks at them.
“To avoid injury the patrols had to abandon a police car in the street, which was subsequently damaged by the group throwing rocks and bottles at the vehicle,” police said in a statement.
The vehicle was eventually retrieved, but it was extensively damaged with the front windscreen shattered by a large rock, a rear window smashed and side panels damaged.
Police say no officers were injured in the incident.
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A 10-person limit remains in South Australia for gatherings, with individual fines of more than $1,000 for those caught in breach of the rules.
They are yet to make any arrests, with further inquiries to be made on Friday.
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