A man accused of ramming two police cars in Perth’s south-east has been granted bail despite pre-existing charges for evading a police pursuit earlier this year.
James David Yarran, 50, allegedly had no authority to drive when he reversed an allegedly stolen Nissan Patrol into police vehicles in Forrestdale and Piara Waters during a pursuit on Tuesday night.
Mr Yarran appeared before Armadale Magistrates Court today on a raft of charges, including reckless driving, criminal damage and acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm or prevent arrest.
Magistrate Martin Flynn permitted bail despite Mr Yarran’s two outstanding arrest warrants for failing to appear in court, one of which was issued just hours before his alleged crime spree on Tuesday night.
The prior charges included exceeding the speed limit by 45km/h or more to escape pursuit and failure to stop in Cockburn Central on the night of March 26.
Mr Yarran is due back in court on July 18.
He made headlines in 2010 when he lost consciousness in the back of a prison van.
The van’s air-conditioning reportedly stopped working while the temperature hit nearly 41C.
The van was similar to the one in which Aboriginal elder Mr Ward died of heat exhaustion in 2008