Yar­ran’s bizarre night out

FOR­MER AFL STAR CHARGED WITH AS­SAULT AND OBSTRUCTING PO­LICE

The Sunday Times - - NEWS - KATE CAMPBELL

TROUBLED for­mer AFL star Chris Yar­ran is at the cen­tre of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a bizarre crime ram­page across Perth which ended in him be­ing charged with as­sault­ing and obstructing po­lice in the Perth CBD.

In­no­cent driv­ers were ter­rorised and at least one was hurt when a man tried to break into their cars dur­ing the multi-sub­urb crime spree which spanned more than 40km from Alki­mos to the city cen­tre.

Yar­ran, 27, who was ar­rested out­side the Pan Pa­cific ho­tel on Ade­laide Ter­race on Fri­day night, was granted bail in Perth Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day, while re­ceiv­ing treat­ment at Royal Perth Hospi­tal.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the se­ries of chaotic car crashes and thefts that led up to Yar­ran’s ar­rest, but at this stage he has not been charged in re­la­tion to those mat­ters.

Po­lice al­lege a man in his 60s gave a lift to a man known to him about 7.30pm on Fri­day in his white Kia Rio sedan. Dur­ing the jour­ney, po­lice say the driver was asked to pull over in Alki­mos be­fore be­ing threat­ened and forced out of his car.

Shortly af­ter, about 8.30pm, a Kia Rio drove through traf­fic lights at the in­ter­sec­tion of Reid High­way and Mirra­booka Av­enue and crashed into the back of a black Holden Cruze caus­ing both ve­hi­cles to spin, with the Kia then crash­ing into a Toy­ota Camry. No one was se­ri­ously hurt in the in­ci­dent.

Po­lice al­lege the driver of the Kia left the scene on foot, at­tempt­ing to steal ve­hi­cles of

peo­ple who were pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance at the scene of the crash. He con­tin­ued along Mirra­booka Av­enue to­wards Nol­la­mara Av­enue where he as­saulted a man aged in his 40s and stole his white Toy­ota Corolla hatch­back, po­lice said.

It will be al­leged about 10.15pm po­lice found a Corolla parked on Hill Street in Perth that had been re­ported as stolen.

On ap­proach­ing the car, po­lice say the driver got out and ran on to Ade­laide Ter­race be­fore be­ing ar­rested and taken to RPH for treat­ment.

Dur­ing a call to RPH yes­ter­day for a sched­uled bed­side hear­ing, the Perth Mag­is­trates Court was told Yar­ran was un­able to be roused.

The po­lice pros­e­cu­tor said Yar­ran had a lim­ited crim­i­nal record with only one vi­o­lent of­fence — one count of as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm from 2009 — against his name. The duty lawyer who spoke to Yar­ran ear­lier yes­ter­day said Yar­ran told him he had been in­jured from the in­ci­dent but not se­ri­ously and might be re­leased from hospi­tal “to­day or to­mor­row”. He will reap­pear in court on November 20.

Mirra­booka mother Jo wit­nessed a man try­ing to get into other peo­ple’s cars, in­clud­ing her neigh­bours.

“There was an­other gen­tle­man run­ning to­wards him telling him to get away, the girls who were in their cars were scream­ing so yeah, it was mad­ness,” she said.

Jo said her ini­tial in­stinct was to get in­side and stay safe. “I don’t think he was ag­gres­sive to­wards the peo­ple, I just think he was try­ing to get away,” she told Seven News.

Yar­ran, a Swan Districts prod­uct and cousin of for­mer Fre­man­tle Docker Shane Yar­ran who was found dead at a Seville Grove home in April, was drafted 10 years ago by Carl­ton.

He played 119 games for the Blues be­fore be­ing traded to Rich­mond in 2015, but never played a game for the Tigers.

Last year in a video in­ter­view for a church, Yar­ran opened up about his ice ad­dic­tion that had ru­ined his life, but cred­ited re­li­gion with help­ing him af­ter hit­ting rock bot­tom.

Bail granted: Chris Yar­ran was un­able to be roused in hospi­tal.

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