Bellevue: Police charge man after car chase with unrestrained child in front seat

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POLICE have charged a 31-year-old man after an overnight car chase through several suburbs – while a four-year-old was travelling unrestrained in the front seat.

Officers allegedly tried to stop a Holden Acclaim on Kalamunda Road in High Wycombe last night at 9.50pm.

Police lost sight of the car, but pulled it over when they saw it again on Ridge Hill Road in Gooseberry Hill.

However, when the police officers got out of their car to speak with the driver, he allegedly sped away from them.

A chase took place through several suburbs including Helena Valley and Midland before a tyre deflation device set up on Bushmead Road in Bellevue stopped the car.

The man ran from the car but was caught by police officers nearby.

Officers then found that the 31-year-old female passenger had an unrestrained four-year-old child on her lap while travelling in the front seat.

Police say they found a short hand axe hidden under the driver’s seat after searching the car.

The man was charged with reckless driving to escape pursuit by police, driver of a vehicle that failed to comply with a direction to stop, no authority to drive, possession of a prohibited drug, trespass and carrying an article with intent to cause fear.

He will appear in the Midland Magistrates Court today.

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