South Lake: Balga man (28) facing driving and weapons charges after police chase


The Holden Commodore police say was involved in a short pursuit before crashing into a South Lake street light on September 21.
The Holden Commodore police say was involved in a short pursuit before crashing into a South Lake street light on September 21.

A FIREARM was found on a man arrested after crashing a vehicle into a street light during a short pursuit in South Lake, police allege.

Acting Senior Sergeant Rob Martin said Murdoch Police’s LPT2 was conducting patrols in the suburb just before 8.30am on September 21 when they spotted a Holden Commodore at the intersection of South Lake Drive and Elderberry Drive.

“On approaching the vehicle and suspect, he reversed at speed before driving forward on to the roadway,” he said.

“The officers activated their lights and siren in an attempt to stop the vehicle.”

Sgt Martin said the suspect then accelerated heavily and lost control of the vehicle before crashing into a street light on Berrigan Drive.

Officers arrested the suspect before finding the 28-year-old Balga man in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Police said further enquiries revealed the vehicle was stolen and had false registration plates linked to a number of stealing offences from fuel stations.

The suspect was charged with stealing a motor vehicle, reckless driving to escape pursuit by police, failing to comply with a direction to stop, having no authority to drive, driving with false plates, possession of stolen or unlawfully obtained property, being in possession of a firearm and ammunition, and two counts of stealing.

He was remanded in custody ahead of a second appearance in Fremantle Magistrates Court on October 13.

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