Police pursuits in WA will again come under scrutiny after one man was killed and two police officers were injured following two separate chases in less than 24 hours.
One man died and another was critically injured after police attempted to stop a white Holden Commodore sedan in Northam, around 100km northeast of Perth, on Friday night.
After failing to stop, the car crashed into a power pole, with the 20-year old male passenger dying as a result. The driver was admitted to Royal Perth Hospital in a critical condition.
Police immediately announced an internal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the initial attempt to stop the vehicle.
Less than 24 hours later, one officer was left with a knee injury and another bruising to his face, chest and legs, after an unmarked police car was rammed in the Perth suburb of Midland following a pursuit.
Police said that around 5.15pm (WST) on Saturday, an unmarked police car spotted three vehicles travelling in convoy, two of which did not have number plates.
Officers sounded lights and sirens, but all three cars sped away.
After two of the cars did come to a stop, the third rammed the police vehicle in an attempted to escape.
All three alleged drivers, which included two teenage boys, were arrested and charged with various offences including reckless driving and failing to stop.
The latest incidents come just days after WA Police Minister Liza Harvey revealed new proposed legislation following a spate of fatalities following police pursuits.Mother Sharon Ann D’Ercole died back in April when a police vehicle ploughed into her car while chasing a stolen car in the Perth suburb of Dianella.
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