Out of hospital, straight into police custody

Jacinta CantatoreSouth Western Times
The vehicle collided with the Brunswick Junction entry signage and then into a tree.
Camera IconThe vehicle collided with the Brunswick Junction entry signage and then into a tree. Credit: Jacinta Cantatore / Harvey-Waroona Reporter

A 41-year-old Harvey man has been discharged from hospital and into police custody after walking away from a horror crash almost unscathed.

Police said an allegedly stolen V8 Commodore ute was travelling south along South Western Highway at high speed when it left the road just after 3am Tuesday and hit Brunswick Junction’s decorative entry sign and a tree.

“The driver removed himself from the vehicle after sustaining only minor injuries,” Bunbury Police Sen. Sgt Malcolm Jones said.

The car then caught fire and had to be extinguished by fire crews. T

he alleged driver of the vehicle was located at the scene by a truck driver who stopped to help and called police.

Police arrested the man at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle walked away from the scene with only minor injuries.
Camera IconThe driver of the vehicle walked away from the scene with only minor injuries. Credit: Olivia Eagles / South Western Times

The alleged offender was breathalysed before being taken to Bunbury Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

A police blood sample was taken by medical staff at the hospital.

Following questioning in police custody, the man was charged on Tuesday afternoon with aggravated burglary and the theft of a vehicle.

It will be alleged the vehicle was stolen from a Wokalup property, where a number of items – including orange juice, electrical goods and car keys – were removed from the property in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Police say he may be charged with further traffic offences

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