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Update: Man charged after fiery police chase forces helicopter to land on freeway near Mandurah

The Kwinana Freeway has been reopened after the police helicopter was forced to land after a wild pursuit crash near Mandurah on Tuesday.

A two-car collision happened in the southbound lanes between Lakes Road and the Pinjarra Road exits in Nambeelup after the chase came to a crashing end about 10:50am.

It’s understood a Subaru was stolen from a home on Dawson Street in Armadale on Monday.

Patrol officers sighted the vehicle on Forrest Highway in South Yunderup where they engaged in an alleged pursuit.

At 10:20am they successfully deployed a fire deflation device near the Pinjarra Road overpass as the car travelled northbound on the Kwinana Freeway.

The car travelled across the median strip and into the southbound lanes of the Kwinana Freeway before it collided with a Toyota RAV4 and burst into flames in Nambeelup.

The RAV 4 went down aN embankment and crashed into bush.

PolAir vision shows police rip the driver from the Subaru and arrest him.

The helicopter was then forced to land in the southbound lanes of the freeway as officers assisted with first aid until St John Ambulance and firefighters arrived.

The Kwinana Freeway was closed southbound between Lakes Road and Pinjarra Road exits for just over an hour, however, it has since reopened with traffic flowing as normal.

The driver of the RAV4, a woman in her 50s, was taken to Peel Health Campus with minor injuries.

The driver of the Subaru, an Armadale man, in his 30s, was taken to Royal Perth Hospital under police guard.

Detectives have charged him with six offences including no authority to drive, dangerous driving causing bodily harm and steal a motor vehicle and drive recklessly.

He is due to face a bedside hearing today.

Tex Reeks

Texas (Tex) Reeks is a video journalist and national award-winning news photographer. Reeks' dedication and commitment to local news media and telling stories has seen him build an extensive portfolio in Western Australia's news industry from a young age. Writing online stories and covering news events for Perth's mainstream media networks, Reeks, has covered and broken some of WA's biggest breaking news stories including shark attacks, police manhunts, plane crashes, major crime investigations, and major political incidents. Reek's interest and knowledge in criminology and policing results in his focus on crime and court stories.
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