WA hit and run accused tries to flee dock


A man accused of deliberately driving his Mercedes into a parking inspector and injuring him in a hit and run tried to escape from the dock during a Perth court appearance.

Christopher Gethin Lee, 42, was surrounded and restrained by security officers after trying to get over a glass barrier at Fremantle Magistrates Court on Thursday.

He was then led back to the cells.

Lee is accused of driving his Mercedes Benz car at a parking inspector who was hit and pinned against another car before he drove off.

That followed a series of threats and abuse when the driver of the Mercedes was told to move on from an Australia Post parking bay in Fremantle on Wednesday afternoon.

WA Police say they later saw Mr Lee driving erratically and when the car eventually stopped, he was aggressive and abusive and ran off before a member of the public helped by pushing him to the ground.

He has been charged with a dozen offences including endangering the life, health and safety of a person, threats to injure, criminal damage, and possessing methylamphetamine with intent to sell and illegally obtained property.

He was remanded in custody and will appear in court again on Friday via video link from prison, due to his attempted escape.

The City of Fremantle said in a statement that the 30-year-old parking inspector had suffered severe bruising to his legs and was recovering at home after being discharged from hospital.

The city described the assault as violent and cowardly.

"The City of Fremantle will not tolerate any type of violence against our staff," the statement read.

"Our primary concern is for the welfare of a fellow employee and ensuring he and his family, as well as his colleagues are well supported through what would have been a frightening experience."