Wanted woman named Khe Sanh is caught after failing to pay for petrol in a stolen car and barricading herself in a house during a police chase
- On Monday, police released wanted poster for Khe Sanh Cox, 28, from Adelaide
- Viewers online quickly noted her unusual name, the same as a Cold Chisel song
- Cox was found in a home on Saturday after allegedly breaking into it earlier
Police have tracked down Khe Sanh Cox, a criminal named after one of Australia’s most popular songs, a week after issuing a public alert when she went on the run.
The 28-year-old was found inside a home in Greenwith in South Australia on Saturday, days after cutting off her home detention bracelet and fleeing her house.
Her unusual first name references the Aussie pub anthem Khe Sanh by rock band Cold Chisel – the title itself being a reference to the US Marines base during the Vietnam War.
Police allege Cox was travelling in a stolen blue Honda Civic on January 30.
Later that night, she was spotted again in the same car after the car’s registration was flagged for not paying for petrol.
A police helicopter began following the car as it travelled through Elizabeth, Elizabeth North and Devoren Park.
Cox then allegedly dumped the car and, along with a 37-year-old male passenger, ran across a nearby park before allegedly breaking into a home where they were eventually arrested.
Police have tracked down Khe Sanh Cox, a criminal named after one of Australia’s most popular songs, a week after issuing a public alert when she went on the run
Several people questioned whether Cox would end up with ‘four walls, wash basin, prison bed’, in reference to a Cold Chisel song.
Others suggested she fled the car in the car park because they ‘make her jumpy’.
Cox has not yet been charged, while the passenger in her car was charged with illegal use of a motor vehicle and hindering police.
He was bailed to face court again in March over the alleged offences.
After issuing an online alert, South Australian Police received 18,000 responses referencing the song, and other Cold Chisel hits.
‘She could be anywhere – from the ocean to the silver city,’ one Khe Sanh reference said.
‘Reckon she’ll be on the last plane out of Sydney tonight,’ added another.
Even state Labor MP Tom Koutsantonis joined in, telling his Facebook followers that ‘car parks make her jumpy’.
Police released a wanted poster for Khe Sanh Cox (pictured) who removed her detention bracelet and skipped bail
SA Police got into the spirit and issued another tweet that referenced more Cold Chisel hits.
‘She is no Choir Girl – we’ve already searched Bow River and the Star Hotel,’ the tweet read.
Senior Constable Mick Abbott said the online responses were light-hearted but the notice served its purpose of bringing her to the attention of the public.
‘We haven’t actually located her yet, but it has been shared a number of times so I imagine she is well known now,’ Snr Con. Abbott told ABC radio.
Khe Sanh was released in 1978 by Cold Chisel and was banned by radio for lines such as ‘their legs were always open but their minds were always closed’ and ‘I’m going to hit some Hong Kong mattress all night long’.
Despite the radio ban, the song about a disillusoned Vietnam vet became a highly popular song – particularly in Cold Chisel’s early base of Adelaide – and remains a staple of rock radio and pub cover bands around the nation.
Many people said the name must be a reference to the Aussie pub anthem by Cold Chisel led by frontman Jimmy Barnes (pictured)