Major Crash Investigators have charged a man after an incident in Carey Park on Sunday, September 18 2016, in which a motorcyclist received serious injuries.
About 3.55pm police officers were on patrol in the vicinity of the Kelly Park reserve when they observed a black Holden Commodore that matched the description of a vehicle that had been reported stolen.
The officers drove in the direction of that vehicle so they could ascertain whether or not it was the stolen vehicle.
The Holden Commodore was observed to accelerate heavily through a bend on Balgore Way, out of sight of the officers.
At this point in time the police officers had not attempted to stop the vehicle.
The police officers continued to travel along Balgore Way and located the vehicle crashed at the intersection of Balgore Way and Wisbey Street.
Five occupants of the Holden Commodore fled the scene.
Upon arriving at the scene it was established the Holden Commodore had collided with a motorcycle.
Police officers provided emergency first aid to the motorcycle rider, and the driver of the Holden Commodore was arrested after a short foot chase.
The injured motorcycle rider, a 76-year-old man from South Bunbury, was taken to Bunbury Regional Hospital by St John Ambulance and was later transferred to Royal Perth Hospital.
Inquiries confirmed the Holden Commodore had been stolen from a residence in Marangaroo the day before.
Jermaine Garlett, 23, from Withers was charged with dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm (in circumstances of aggravation), driver failed to ensure assistance after traffic incident (bodily harm), stealing a motor vehicle and no authority to drive.
He faced Bunbury Magistrates Court on Monday and was granted bail with $5000 surety and residential curfew conditions.
He will reappear on October 17.
Anyone with information regarding this crash, or who saw the persons running from the crash scene, is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report it online at crimestopperswa.com.au.