An 18-year-old on the run after allegedly being involved in a police pursuit was arrested last night after mistaking an officer for his friend.
The teenager was allegedly driving a stolen vehicle through Balga and Girrawheen when he was chased by police who lost sight of the car.
The pursuit continued after the car was seen by police on patrol on Amberton Avenue in Girrawheen.
The car headed into bushland in Koondoola and went on gravel tracks before the driver and his passengers attempted to run away.
The teenager, who was from Koondoola, was arrested after mistaking an officer for one of his alleged co-offenders.
He was charged with stealing a motor vehicle and will appear in court at a later date.