A young couple had a lucky escape overnight when a stolen car crashed into the bedroom of their Riverton house.
The 40-year-old alleged driver of the stolen Holden Cruze was arrested at the scene after a police chase through Perth’s southern suburbs.
A police spokesman said that about 11.20pm the allegedly stolen car approached a booze bus on Leach Highway, near Marjorie Street, in Shelley.
Number plate recognition cameras detected the car had been reported stolen from a house in Brookdale early yesterday morning.
Officers unsuccessfully tried to stop the vehicle but the driver fled and a chase stared.
The spokesman said officers lost sight of the vehicle before receiving reports of a car crashing into a nearby house.
Officers found the stolen car wedged against the wall of a Corinthian Road home.
Tenant Charles Lam, 30, was lying awake in bed with his wife asleep next to him when the car smashed into bricks 20cm from their heads.
The car did everything but break through the wall, damaging Mr Lam’s water, gas and telephone lines and damaging the walls of the house.
“I saw lights coming through the window then I heard a big bang and there was a crack across the wall,” he said.
“My wife was freaked out. She hugged me and I got her out of the room then ran out to see what happened.”
The driver had already fled by the time Mr Lam ran outside.
“I saw a police car right there and I thought, ‘wow, that was quick.’ I didn’t realise it was a chase,” he said.
“I heard the police say she was hiding in someone’s car port then they got her.
“We were sleeping right there. I’m lucky it was a small car.”
Mr Lam said he and his wife would have to sleep in a different room until their bedroom was safe.
A St John Ambulance spokesman said Mrs Lam was assessed at the scene but did not require treatment.
The driver is being interviewed by police.Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.