Man charged over alleged police chase

Man charged over alleged police chase

A MAN accused of wielding a fake gun has crashed into two cars and a tree in an alleged police chase yesterday.

Police said a black Jeep Cherokee crashed into a Holden Commodore parked in the driveway of a home on Meechwin Way, Beechboro just before 1.30pm.

The driver, a 34-year-old man, allegedly drove away, stopped nearby, took out a gun and pointed it out the window at the resident who went outside after hearing the crash.

Police allege the black Jeep was driving in the Middle Swan and West Swan area after 3pm and an attempt to stop the car was made.

The driver allegedly failed to stop and additional police units were deployed to the area.

The Jeep was allegedly involved in a crash with a VW Jetta, rolled and struck a tree at the intersection of Campersic Road and Toodyay Road, near Herne Hill.

Both occupants in the Jeep were arrested at the scene and taken to hospital as a precaution.

A mother and young child, who were in the VW Jetta, were also taken to hospital as a precaution.

Police said the Jeep displayed stolen number plates and was established as a stolen vehicle from Fremantle sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning.

A gun was seized from the vehicle and police believed it to be an imitation based on an initial assessment.

The 34-year-old man has been charged with stealing motor vehicle and driving recklessly, no authority to drive, reckless driving to escape pursuit by police, failing to stop, drove a vehicle with a false plate, stealing, robbery and being armed in a way that may cause fear.

He was refused bail and is due to appear in the Midland Magistrates Court today.

The passenger in the Jeep, a 26-year-old woman, was held in custody due to an outstanding arrest warrant.