Chopper and stinger used to stop driver
Last night police tried to stop a blue Ford Falcon ute on Pinjarra Road, Mandurah. Picture: WA Police

A police helicopter and road stinger were used to arrest a suspect after officers tried to pull over a blue Falcon ute allegedly speeding in Mandurah last night.

Just after 11pm police attempted to pull over the ute speeding along Pinjarra Road.

Police claim the driver failed to stop and police lost sight of the vehicle.

About 11.30pm police saw the vehicle on Mary Street in Halls Head. A short pursuit followed but it was aborted on Mandurah Road.

The police helicopter monitored the vehicle and a stinger was deployed on South West Highway in North Dandalup, about 25km away from the initial pursuit.

The vehicle drove over the stinger and travelled about 8km until the tyres deflated. The driver allegedly tried to run from officers but was apprehended a short time later.

A 21-year-old Halls Head man was charged with three counts of fail to stop and reckless driving over the incident. He will appear in Perth Magistrate's Court today.

In a separate incident, Medina police spotted a stolen Subaru Impreza on Pace Road about 10pm.

Police pursued the vehicle after its driver allegedly failed to stop.

Police patrols, including the police helicopter, found the abandoned vehicle a short time later near Kwinana grain terminal.

A 23-year-old man allegedly driving the vehicle was arrested and charged with stealing a motor vehicle, reckless driving, fail to stop and no authority to drive.

He is scheduled to appear in Perth Magistrates Court today.

Police are still trying to find a passenger of the Subaru.

The West Australian

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