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Stolen ute puts lives at risk during police chase

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Police have released dramatic vision of a high speed car chase through Perth’s southern suburbs yesterday.

The pursuit begun about 8.10am, when officers spotted a stolen VW Amarok ute driving on Thomas Road in Medina.

The car had been reported stolen during a burglary earlier in the morning in Bibra Lake.

Camera IconThe stolen ute driving on the wrong side of the road. Credit: WA Police

An attempt was made to stop the vehicle, however it will be alleged the driver failed to stop and sped away. Officers lost sight of the vehicle shortly after.


A short time later a police helicopter crew spotted the ute again and followed it as it drove through Wellard, Hillman and East Rockingham.

Video from the helicopter shows the ute speeding, weaving in and out of traffic and driving along the footpath.

Police arrest the driver of the stolen ute.
Camera IconPolice arrest the driver of the stolen ute. Credit: WA Police

The ute is also then seen crossing to the wrong side of the road and speeding towards oncoming traffic, forcing several motorists to take quick action to avoid being hit.

The stolen car was eventually abandoned in bushland near Mandurah Road and the driver attempted to flee on foot. The helicopter footage captures the man, who was wearing grey tracksuit pants, a black hoodie and a black cap, running at first before slowing down and walking along a dirt track.

The helicopter crew directed police officers on the ground to the driver’s location and he was arrested shortly after.

The stolen ute driving along railway tracks.
Camera IconThe stolen ute driving along railway tracks. Credit: WA Police

The 29-year-old Parmelia man was charged with a string of traffic and drug charges, including stealing a motor vehicle, reckless driving to evade police, possessing drug paraphernalia and breached a family violence restraining order.

He was refused bail and is due to appear in the Rockingham Magistrate’s Court today.

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