Po­lice al­lege driver ran stop sign dur­ing chase

Geraldton Guardian - - News - Adam Poulsen

A 26-year-old Ger­ald­ton man has been charged af­ter al­legedly run­ning a stop sign at more than 100km/h in a 50km/h zone while lead­ing of­fi­cers on a brief high­speed chase through Won­thella last Wed­nes­day night.

The man al­legedly took off at speed when of­fi­cers tried to stop him on Cen­tral Road about 6.50pm.

Po­lice said the chase ended when he pulled his Mit­subishi sedan into the drive­way of a home on Fifth Street.

He is also ac­cused of driv­ing without a li­cence and driv­ing on the wrong side of the road dur­ing the pur­suit.

He was charged with fail­ing to stop, no author­ity to drive, and reck­less driv­ing.

Mean­while, last Mon­day, po­lice charged a 35-year-old Ger­ald­ton man who al­legedly led po­lice on an­other pur­suit ear­lier that month.

Ger­ald­ton Po­lice Sta­tion op­er­a­tions man­ager Sergeant Drue Par­doe said of­fi­cers saw the man in­volved in a road-rage in­ci­dent at the Stir­lings Shop­ping Cen­tre carpark on Jan­uary 15.

“Po­lice tried to stop him and he took off at speed through the carpark,” Sgt Par­doe said.

“The chase was aban­doned due to the dan­ger­ous man­ner of his driv­ing.”

Sgt Par­doe said of­fi­cers spot­ted the man at the Won­thella BP ser­vice sta­tion about 7.30pm on Mon­day.

Po­lice then searched him, al­legedly find­ing a small amount of meth.

He was charged with fail­ing to stop, no author­ity to drive, reck­less driv­ing and pos­sess­ing a pro­hib­ited drug.

Both men will face Ger­ald­ton Mag­is­trate’s Court at a later date.

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