ASCOT POLICE have charged a 36year-old man from Sawyers Valley with a series of traffic offences after incidents in Ascot and Perth last week. Officers were travelling along Great Eastern Highway in Ascot about 9.50am when their automatic number plate recognition cameras alerted them to a black Holden Commodore ute with stolen number plates. The officers tried to stop the ute, but the driver allegedly failed to stop and police aborted their attempt. But the vehicle was monitored by police in an unmarked vehicle as it dropped to within the speed limit and travelled to Perth. After leaving the ute in a Wellington Street car park, the driver was apprehended following a short foot chase. He has been charged with failing to stop, reckless driving, having no authority to drive, stealing (the number plates) and driving an unlicensed vehicle. He is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on Tuesday May 31.