A pursuit in Perth’s east overnight has ended in a head-on collision after the driver tried to escape police by heading the wrong way down Roe Highway, smashing into a car and sending an innocent man to hospital.
Officers came across two stolen cars driving in convoy in Upper Swan shortly after 11:00pm and gave chase when they failed to stop.
Police chased the sedan and 4WD along Great Northern Highway through Perth’s outer eastern suburbs before stingers were deployed, bursting the tyres on the sedan.
It abruptly screeched to a halt and police arrested a 21-year-old man while the other occupants escaped on foot.
Meanwhile the driver of the 4WD, having seen the stingers, did a U-turn and missed the spikes, before taking off down the wrong side of the road.
The driver turned onto Roe Highway, still heading in the wrong direction, and almost immediately smashed head-on into a hatchback before the occupants piled out and fled.
Fire crews cut the 20-year-old driver of the hatchback free from the wreckage before he was rushed to hospital.
He remains in a stable condition with leg and chest injuries.
A police officer was also taken to Midland Hospital after suffering an injury to their ankle while chasing suspects who fled the sedan.
Extensive patrols were launched to try and find those still at large but no further arrests have been made.
Charges are yet to be laid against the 21-year-old driver.