Police ineptitude irks


Shaun Hayes and the aftermath of the crash.
Shaun Hayes and the aftermath of the crash.

But Shaun Hayes was left frustrated by police when he gave them the offender’s location and was told the matter was not urgent enough for them to attend immediately.

He abandoned his efforts and the man, along with two other occupants from the vehicle, got away.

Adding to Mr Hayes’ frustration, he said police eventually arrived at the Chinta Street crash scene, reversed the abandoned car – with keys still inside – out of the rubble and left it on the front lawn, only for the driver to return later that morning and take the car after police had gone.

Mr Hayes said the man still appeared intoxicated.

“That’s the worst thing – they’ve actually reversed it out and made it easier for them to come back to the car and take off with it,” he said.

Mr Hayes said he saw the vehicle plough into the fence about 6.30am after he heard it doing burn-outs and he went outside to investigate.

He believed the three occupants were “all blind drunk”.

“I ran there thinking someone might be hurt. The driver got out, started kicking down more of the asbestos fence and boots his way out,” he said.

“I rang the police straight away, they (the occupants) got out of the car, took off and left the car embedded in the person’s front yard – I followed them in my car.

“At quarter to seven I rang police, told them I was following them and got told by the person at 000 that they hadn’t even dispatched a car yet.

“So I thought if you’re not going to dispatch a car then I’m not wasting my time following them.”

Mr Hayes said he tracked the trio to Hungry Jacks on Wanneroo Road, not far from the police station, when he gave up.

He said officers arrived at the crash scene about 7.15am.

A police spokeswoman said the driver gave his details to the occupants of the house where the fence was damaged before he fled.

She said officers believed the vehicle was not doing burnouts, but lost control as it travelled around a bend.

“It would appear instead that speed was a factor in this crash,” she said.

“Police made inquiries into the registered owner of the vehicle, and found this person was not the driver.

“The driver was known to the owner, however, and was permitted to drive the car.”

She said the responsibility to remove the abandoned car from the front of the home rested with the vehicle’s owner, not police.

“When police arrived, the officers removed the car from the fence and parked it on the verge to assist the owner of the house,” she said.

Inquiries in the crash are continuing.

Note: police comments were added to this article on March 3 after its March 1 publishing date.