Man charged after allegedly reversing into police motorbike

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A MAN has been charged after he allegedly reversed into a police motorbike, forcing an officer into oncoming traffic approaching at 100km/h.

About 5.40am on Friday the man was driving a Subaru Forrester along Mandurah Road in Golden Bay.

At the intersection of Dampier Road a police motorcycle officer activated his emergency lights to indicate for the man to stop.

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The driver pulled over and came to a halt and the police officer pulled up about five metres behind the Subaru, with the emergency lights still activated on his motorcycle.

Police say that as the officer approached the car, the man reversed at high speed towards the police motorcycle.

This caused the officer to step back from the Subaru and onto the road, with traffic approaching at 100km/h.

Police also allege the Subaru hit the police motorbike, knocking it from its stand and pushing it along the road, causing extensive damage to the motorcycle and its equipment.

The car took off at speed along Mandurah Road.

Mandurah Detectives charged a 25-year-old man from Lakelands with endangering the life, health or safety of a person, reckless driving to escape pursuit by police, reckless driving and criminal damage or destruction of property.

He has also been charged with failing to report an incident in which property was damaged, being a driver in an incident occasioning damage and failing to give a name and address, having no authority to drive (cancelled) and obstructing public officers.

He is due to appear before the Rockingham Magistrates Court today.