12 Yar­ran as­sault charges

Sunday Herald Sun - - News - KATE CAMP­BELL

EX-CARL­TON star Chris Yar­ran al­legedly took two cars, crashed one, fled and as­saulted a po­lice of­fi­cer dur­ing a bizarre in­ci­dent in Perth, a court has heard.

The 27-year-old was yes­ter­day granted bail dur­ing a bed­side hear­ing in Royal Perth Hos­pi­tal. Po­lice did not op­pose bail.

Mr Yar­ran suf­fered mi­nor in­juries dur­ing the in­ci­dent on Fri­day night and was ex­pected to be re­leased by to­day, a lawyer said.

Po­lice al­lege Mr Yar­ran was given a lift and then forced the driver out of the ve­hi­cle.

Soon af­ter­wards, the car was driven through traf­fic lights at an in­ter­sec­tion and crashed into the back of an­other ve­hi­cle, caus­ing both to spin.

The car smashed into the front of an­other car. No one was se­ri­ously hurt.

Po­lice al­lege Mr Yar­ran tried to get into other cars be­long­ing to peo­ple who stopped at the ac­ci­dent scene to help.

He then al­legedly ran away. Later, a man in his 40s was as­saulted and his car was taken, po­lice al­lege.

When po­lice found the car, the driver got out of the ve­hi­cle and ran be­fore he was even­tu­ally caught.

The for­mer foot­baller was not present for the bed­side hear­ing, be­cause he could not be roused, the court was told.

Mr Yar­ran was drafted 10 years ago this month by Carl­ton with pick six in the na­tional draft.

He made 119 ap­pear­ances for the Blues be­fore be­ing traded to Rich­mond in 2015.

But Mr Yar­ran never played a game for the Tigers, en­dur­ing an in­jury-rid­dled sea­son be­fore step­ping away from the game to deal with men­tal health is­sues.

He quit the club and walked away from his three-year con­tract in Novem­ber 2016.

Dur­ing the hear­ing yes­ter­day, via the Perth Mag­is­trates’ Court, Mr Yar­ran was granted bail with a $1000 un­der­tak­ing to reap­pear on Novem­ber 20.

He has been charged with as­sault­ing and ob­struct­ing po­lice. No charges have been laid over the car crashes.

Chris Yar­ran in 2016

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