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A 23-year-old police constable has been charged with dangerous driving and stood aside from operational duties after he allegedly became involved in a pursuit without consent and with a prisoner in the back of his vehicle.

Police revealed the incident in a statement released this afternoon.

The incident took place in September.

It is alleged the constable, who had a detainee in the pod of his police vehicle, became involved in the pursuit of a stolen vehicle when he was not authorised to do so, the statement said.

The car being chased crashed into the front of the police car, which the officer had parked across Bennett Springs Drive in Bennett Springs.

The constable, his police partner and the detainee were in the vehicle at the time of the crash, the statement said.

There were no injuries requiring medical treatment.

The constable will appear in the Midland Magistrates Court on January 9, charged with dangerous driving.

He has been stood aside from operational duty pending the outcome of an examination of the case by professional standards.

The West Australian

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