Police Dog Slam helps catch man after Balcatta chase

Police Dog Slam.
Police Dog Slam.

POLICE dog Slam helped officers make an arrest by tracking the scent of a man this morning in a Balcatta chase.

About 1am this morning, officers located a Kia Cerato on Ledger Street in Balcatta with stolen number plates that did not match the vehicle.

Officers attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver failed to stop and accelerated away.

The vehicle was followed through several streets before the driver travelled north on the southbound lanes of the Mitchell Freeway.

Officers were able to set up a cordon and monitored the vehicle until it came to a stop near the Cedric Street exit ramp, where the driver ran from the vehicle.

A police spokeswoman said police dog Slam tracked a scent through bushland and over a number of fences.

“The driver was located hiding in the dark and after failing to comply with the handlers’ instructions he was detained on the foot by PD Slam,” she said.

“It will be alleged during a search of the vehicle officers located and seized stolen property and a quantity of illicit drugs.”

The vehicle had been stolen from an Osborne Park car yard and the number plates had been stolen from a car in Osborne Park the previous day.

The driver, a 39-year-old man from Alexander Heights, is currently at Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital receiving medical treatment for his foot injury.

The man was charged with stealing a motor vehicle, driving recklessly, possession of drugs, stealing, failing to stop and having no authority to drive.

He will appear in court at a later date .