Charges expected over chase in Wilbinga

A tow truck retrieves the four-wheel-drive from the ocean, near Wilbinga, on Tuesday. Picture courtesy |McCallum Towing
A tow truck retrieves the four-wheel-drive from the ocean, near Wilbinga, on Tuesday. Picture courtesy |McCallum Towing

A POLICE chase ended when a vehicle, allegedly driven by a 46-year-old man, drove on to the beach and into the ocean near Wilbinga on Tuesday.

Waves flooded the vehicle as officers scrambled to capture the alleged offender before he became a drowning risk.

The pursuit began in Heathridge about 10.20am when police attempted to stop the allegedly stolen white Toyota Landcruiser on Caridean Street.

The driver allegedly attempted to evade police, occasionally driving on the wrong side of the road as the vehicle headed north towards Yanchep.

Pursuing police lost sight of the vehicle on Marmion Avenue.

A police helicopter crew later observed the vehicle travelling on the beach.

Police arrested the man after bringing him to the shore.

Officers were still questioning the man yesterday morning and they expected to charge him with driving and vehicle theft offences.