While on patrol in East Bunbury just after 1am on Sunday morning, a Police Dog Squad officer stopped behind a Toyota RAV4 at the intersection of Picton Road and Robertson Drive.
Once the traffic lights turned green the vehicle didn’t move.
The officer sounded the horn to encourage some movement but the vehicle remained stationary.
The officer exited his vehicle and approached the Toyota and noticed the driver asleep.
He shook the driver's shoulder to see if he was ok and the driver suddenly woke up and accelerated away along Robertson Drive.
The officer returned to his vehicle and headed in the direction that the Toyota was last seen.
It was located 400m down the road where it appeared that the vehicle had mounted the kerb and struck a power pole, before stopping a further 100m down the road.
A 29-year-old man from Glen Iris was charged with driving under the influence and having no authority to drive.
He will appear in court at a later date.