The number plate also featured the words 'not stolen OK'.
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A man will face court in South Australia after he was allegedly caught driving a car bearing hand-painted number plates.

SA Police said the 26-year-old man was stopped after officers spotted a Mitsubishi sedan travelling without its lights on around 2:00am in Adelaide's north.

During this stop, they noticed the car's number plates had been altered to feature hand-painted numbers and letters and the phrase "not stolen OK".

"Just after 2am on Wednesday 10 February, patrols spotted a Mitsubishi sedan travelling along John Rice Avenue without lights and altered number plates," SA Police said in a Facebook post.

"Police stopped the man and on closer examination, discovered the number plates had in fact been painted over and hand painted with different characters and a helpful message.

"Further enquiries revealed the driver was disqualified and his vehicle was unregistered and uninsured."

The man was reported for allegedly driving while disqualified, driving with a defaced number plate, driving unregistered and uninsured and driving at night without lights.

SA Police said he would be summonsed to appear in court at a later date.