Fam­ily un­hurt after be­ing hit by stolen car

South Western Times - - News - Sam Gibbs

A mother and her two chil­dren were lucky to walk away un­harmed when a man al­legedly tried to evade po­lice and smashed into their car on For­rest High­way near Lake Clifton on Satur­day morn­ing.

Har­vey po­lice of­fi­cer-in-charge Sgt Scott Gil­lis said he re­ceived word of a stolen car head­ing north and at­tempted to stop the Toy­ota Kluger mo­ments be­fore the crash.

“We flicked on the lights and sirens and about three sec­onds later he crashed,” Sgt Gil­lis said.

Po­lice al­lege the 35-year-old driver of the stolen Kluger turned off For­rest High­way to evade of­fi­cers, turned around and at­tempted to re­join north-bound traf­fic be­fore fail­ing to give way and col­lid­ing with a Subaru Out­back.

Sgt Gil­lis said for­tu­nately no one was in­jured in the crash and at­trib­uted this to the an­gle of the col­li­sion and low speed of the Kluger, about 30km/h.

Sgt Gil­lis said one of the chil­dren in the Out­back was aged un­der 12 months and the other was about two years old.

Of­fi­cers searched the bad­ly­dam­aged Kluger and al­legedly found mul­ti­ple stolen items in­clud­ing power tools and $95 worth of al­co­hol.

Po­lice al­lege the car was stolen from Perth, lead­ing to a string of al­leged thefts in Al­bany and Bun­bury.

Sgt Gil­lis said the keys to the Kluger where left in­side the car and he urged peo­ple to lock up.

The 35-year-old Perth man was charged with 11 of­fences in­clud­ing evad­ing po­lice, reck­less driv­ing and theft of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle.

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