Around 9pm last night (18 February 2019), police sighted a stolen Toyota Landcruiser parked in front of a home in Octans Court in Rockingham with a woman in the driver’s seat.
Officers parked their police vehicle directly behind the stolen vehicle to stop it from moving. It will be alleged the driver reversed the Landcruiser and deliberately rammed the front of the police vehicle causing damage. It is further alleged after ramming the police vehicle the driver accelerated away.
Another police vehicle sighted the stolen Landcruiser and activated their emergency lights and sirens in an attempt to stop the vehicle but it is alleged the driver failed to stop.
The stolen vehicle evade police through several suburbs including Rockingham, Cooloongup, Waikiki, Warnbro and Calista.
At the intersection of Gilmore Avenue and Mandurah Road in East Rockingham, Police deployed a tyre deflation device which was successful and deflated the front and back right tyres of the stolen vehicle. It is alleged the driver continued to drive on the incorrect side of Gilmore Avenue, which turned into Dixon Road. The front right tyre shredded and the driver continued to travel on the rim.
The evade police incident ended near the intersection of Ennis Ave and Dixon Road when the stolen vehicle rammed two police vehicles and came to a stop.
A 20-year-old woman of no fixed address was removed from the vehicle and later charged with:
• Two counts of Assault with Intent to Prevent Arrest of a Person;
• One count each of Steal Motor Vehicle and Driver Recklessly;
• Reckless Driving to Escape Pursuit by Police;
• Driver of a Vehicle Failed to Comply with a Direction to Stop (circumstance of aggravation); and
• No Authority to Drive.
She is due to appear before the Rockingham Magistrates Court today, 19 February 2019.