WAPU on Facebook

WAPU on Twitter

December 13, 2012

WA Police have charged a Kununurra man under new Evade Police laws just three hours after the new legislation took effect at 0001 hours on Wednesday December 12, 2012.

The laws have been exercised again today after two men allegedly rammed a police car into a power pole at a busy intersection in Clarkson just before 11 am.

Officers had been pursuing the stolen vehicle at speeds of up to 130 km an hour.

The police car was pushed into the power pole with such force - the pole snapped in half. A 42-year-old police officer has suffered serious head injuries and is being treated at the Joondalup Health Campus.

“WAPU has fought long and hard to have these new laws introduced to make maniacs like these accountable for their actions and to get them off our roads,” said WAPU President George Tilbury.

“It’s about time these idiots who fail to stop and continue to drive in a reckless manner, putting the lives of the community at risk, will be sent to jail for six-months,” he said.

“We are sending a message that there are consequences for recklessness on our roads, and I’m sure people found guilty of these offences will have plenty of time to think about that during their mandatory 6 month stint in jail.”

“Of course it doesn’t end there, under the new laws if they seriously injure or kill someone while driving in a reckless manner they will get a 12-month jail sentence.”

There have been several high-speed pursuits throughout the metropolitan area today including a 36-minute chase through Baldivis and Rockingham that involved the Police Air Wing. Two men were arrested, with one charged with Evade police laws.

“We have seen at least three arrests under the evade police laws in less than 36 hours of the legislation taking effect. I believe there will be a drop in the number of offenders trying to escape police once the harsh reality of prison time sinks in.”