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A man allegedly hiding in a water feature after engaging in a police pursuit in the South West was arrested overnight.

According to police, he was one of two men involved in two pursuits in the same vehicle overnight.

About 12.20am, a dog squad officer attempted to stop a blue Ford Falcon travelling along the Australind Bypass in Glen Iris.

It is alleged the driver failed to stop and the dog handler engaged in a pursuit, which continued through East Bunbury before the driver abandoned the vehicle in Carey Park.

About 1.35am, officers from South West Traffic observed the same vehicle travelling on Dalyellup Boulevard, in Dalyellup.

A pursuit followed after the driver refused to stop when signalled by police, it is alleged.

The pursuit continued around Dalyellup until the target vehicle ran out of fuel and the occupants fled on foot.

One of the officers was able to chase down the passenger, and he was taken into custody.

The second officer chased the driver on foot through Dalyellup Shopping Centre and over a fence into bushland.

The dog squad unit was called to the scene and police dog Geoffrey was deployed.

Geoffrey tracked a scent through thick scrub for about 30m before he found the alleged driver of the vehicle, at a water feature in the middle of a roundabout.

It is alleged that the man, a 37-year-old man from Carey Park, was fully submerged with only his face showing above the water.

During both pursuits, tools and other items were allegedly thrown from the car.

The man and a passenger in the car - a 19-year-old man from Carey Park - were both arrested.

Inquiries into the incidents are continuing.

The West Australian

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