Armadale: man facing alleged serious driving charges refused bail

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A COCKBURN man has been charged with driving nearly 100km/h over the speed limit and hitting a police car on Monday afternoon.

James Lee Rosen appeared in Armadale Magistrates Court today and was not required to enter a plea and was refused bail.

He was charged with three counts of assault with intent to prevent arrest of a person, two counts of reckless driving to escape police pursuit, two counts of never holding the authority to drive and two counts of failure to comply with a direction to stop (circumstance of aggravation).

He was also charged with a single count of being the driver of a vehicle involved in an incident where property was damaged and failing to stop as required.

The police prosecutor said police had noticed Mr Rosen driving a Holden Commodore erratically along Albany Highway in Kelmscott and he ignored signals to pull over.

The court heard he broke the speed limit by 50km/h and wove in and out of traffic before losing the pursuing officers.

Police then saw Mr Rosen about five minutes later in Seville Grove, where he allegedly accelerated away and reached speeds of up to 140km/h on Armadale Road.

Police claimed at one point, Mr Rosen turned into a dead end off Seventh Road in Armadale, before turning the car around and driving the vehicle directly at a pursuing police car, hitting the vehicle and causing an estimated $8000 in damage.

It was alleged he travelled on the wrong side of the road during the pursuit and reached speeds of up to 140km/h down various back roads with a speed limit of 50km/h in Armadale.

Police activated a stinger on the corner of Forrest Road and Tonkin Highway which stopped the car, before Mr Rosen allegedly abandoned the vehicle and ran into bushland, where he was caught soon after.

The magistrate told Mr Rosen he was facing a prison sentence in excess of six months and did not grant him bail on the grounds he may re-offend.

Mr Rosen is due to face court again via video link on March 9.

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