Yarran’s bizarre night out
FORMER AFL STAR CHARGED WITH ASSAULT AND OBSTRUCTING POLICE
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.