Troubled former AFL footballer Shane Yarran has again faced a Perth court, this time to fight allegations he assaulted his partner, but was acquitted of the charge after she failed to show up.
Yarran has been behind bars since May 24 when he drove at double the speed limit during a police pursuit in Gosnells.
That ended with him jumping out of the moving vehicle, which rolled across four lanes, and the 28-year-old being found by a police dog while hiding in bushes.
He was last week sentenced to six months in jail for a string of offences including that incident, which happened after he was charged over a bizarre, methamphetamine and prescription drug-fuelled roadside disturbance in Thornlie in January.
It also involved a police dog, which was released to apprehend an agitated Yarran but re-chained after he said: "I'll f****** take a bite out of you".
The former Fremantle Dockers forward was due to face trial in the Fremantle Courthouse on Tuesday to fight an allegation he assaulted his on-and off partner, but was acquitted after she didn't appear.
Defence counsel Luka Margaretic told the magistrate the complainant was reluctant to proceed with the matter and there were doubts about her version of events.
Outside court, Mr Margaretic told reporters he hoped his client would be released next week because he had served half of his sentence and was eligible for parole.
Yarran rose through the ranks of professional football after being released from jail in 2013 for burglary, playing in Subiaco's 2014 premiership win then joining the AFL.
The AFL Players' Association has offered him residential rehabilitation when he is released from prison.
But he is due to face court again in October over an unlawful wounding charge, which was laid after he allegedly attacked a man with a broken bottle outside the Westfield Tavern in Camillo in July 2015.
He has pleaded not guilty and is expected to face trial early next year.