A three-year-old girl was taken to hospital after her father allegedly abandoned her in a burning car after a domestic incident in Ellenbrook.
Police were called to a domestic disturbance at an Ellenbrook home about 10.10pm.
Officers were told someone had been seriously assaulted and a 25-year-old man had damaged the house.
It is alleged a number of children fled the home before the man left the scene in a stolen car, taking his daughter with him.
A police spokesman said concerns were held for the child’s safety because of the man’s behaviour.
Police spotted the man driving on Lloyd Street in Midland with no headlights on about 11pm.
“Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, however the man failed to stop,” the spokeswoman said.
“Due to the fact there was a child in the vehicle, officers did not engage in a pursuit, but attempted to monitor the movements of the vehicle.”
The car was found crashed into a concrete barrier on Great Eastern Highway, near the Roe Highway on-ramp, a short time later.
It was on fire and the man had fled the scene on foot, leaving the three-year-old in the burning car.
The girl was taken to Princess Margaret Hospital after police rescued her from the car.
She is in a critical but stable condition.
Officers found the man on Beaconsfield Avenue in Midvale a short time later.
He was arrested and taken to Swan District Hospital by St John Ambulance officers.
The man allegedly failed a breath test at the hospital and was taken to Midland police station for questioning.
It is believed he also drove into a Toyota Yaris on Great Eastern Highway earlier in the night.
The East Victoria Park man was returned to hospital.
He has appeared at a bedside hearing in Royal Perth Hospital where he was remanded in custody.