1BELMONT KENSINGTON Detectives charged two men following an incident in Belmont last Thursday when the driver of a stolen BMW failed to stop for police. Just before 1.30pm detectives saw the stolen BMW on Hardey Road in Belmont. They attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver allegedly failed to stop and accelerated away. Additional police, including a helicopter, were called to the area. The vehicle was abandoned in the car park of a residential complex on King George Street in Victoria Park and occupants attempted to flee on foot. Both men were arrested after a short time. A 21-year-old man from Langford was charged with stealing of a motor vehicle, failure to stop, reckless driving and no authority to drive. A 20-year-old man from Carlisle was charged with stealing of a motor vehicle.
ABOUT 12.30am on January 28 a Kia sedan was seen speeding on Brighton Road in Rivervale before going through a red traffic light at the intersection of Great Eastern Highway. Police activated emergency lights and sirens to stop the vehicle. The Kia came to a top in the middle of Kooyong Road near Newey Street and the police car came to a stop behind it. The Kia then reversed with speed into the front of the police car before accelerating away. Police followed the vehicle when the Kia entered a cul-de-sac. The driver attempted to drive-between bollards andthe car becane stuck. It was alleged when police arrested the driver he grabbed an officer’s holstered firearm and tried to take it. The officer and man struggled over possession of the firearm, and during that struggle another officer retrieved and secured the firearm. The 25-year-old Thornlie man was charged with no authority to drive, reckless driving, failing to stop, two counts of assault to prevent arrest, assault of a public officer, possession of a smoking implement and possession of a prohibited weapon.
2 COMO TWO males were arrested in relation to graffiti damage in the Como area on January 23. At 3am, police received information about a group of up to five people spray painting on properties along Canning Parade. The first police car to arrive was from the canine unit and the dog handler saw the group spray painting on to a wall near the corner of Canning Parade and Gentilli Way. The dog handler told the group to stay where they were or police dog Santos would be released. The group started to run and Santos gave chase. Santos took one member of the group into custody by holding on to one of his legs until the dog handler caught up and instructed him to release. The person then tried to run away again and Santos caught him. The 17-year-old Scarborough youth was taken to Fiona Stanley Hospital for treatment to his dog bite injuries and will have criminal charges followed up at a later date. A 20-year-old Alexander Heights man was located near the scene in Como and was arrested and charged on three counts of criminal damage.