WA Police lay extra charges against Merriwa man accused of stealing two cars

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POLICE have laid extra charges against a Merriwa man (27) who allegedly stole two cars on Friday night.

The man, who remains in Royal Perth Hospital, was initially charged with obstructing and assaulting public officers after police caught him in Perth on Friday night.

The additional charges include robbery, causing criminal damage or destruction of property, two counts of attempted robbery, dangerous driving and aggravated robbery.

Police allege a man in his 60s gave a lift to a man known to him in his white Kia Rio sedan about 7.30pm on November 9.

“The driver was asked to pull over in Turnstone Street in Alkimos before being threatened and forced out of his vehicle,” WA Police spokesman Adam Brouwer said.

He said the Kia left the area, and about 8.30pm drove through traffic lights at the intersection of Reid Highway and Mirrabooka Avenue in Mirrabooka, crashing into the rear of a black Holden Cruze.

“The impact caused both vehicles to spin, with the Kia crashing in to the front of a gold Toyota Camry and the Cruze into the rear,” he said.

“There were no serious injuries to the people involved.

“The driver of the Kia left the scene on foot, attempting to steal vehicles of people that were providing assistance at the scene of the crash.

“He continued on foot along Mirrabooka Avenue towards Nollamara Avenue where he assaulted a man aged in his 40s and stole his white Toyota Corolla hatchback.”

Police allegedly found the Corolla parked on Hill Street in Perth about 10.15pm and when officers approached, the driver got out and ran to Adelaide Terrace before being caught and taken to Royal Perth Hospital for treatment.

The Merriwa man (27) had a bedside hearing for the initial charges on Saturday, and is next due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on Tuesday, November 13.