Mandurah police have charged a driver after a trail of destruction was left through the Smart Street Mall on Saturday night.
It’s understood a white Hyundai Sante Fe SUV entered the mall, designed for foot traffic only, and took out a Telstra phone box before it crashed into a bakery shopfront about 11:20pm.
Pinjarra French Hot Bread Shop owner Tuan Enguyen, also known as George, told Skeer Media he was “shocked” when he got the call from police.
“I just thought it was just a normal break-in, but when I came down I saw the scene,” he said.
“A car went up the mall and ran into the shop.
“The whole front of the door was all broken down, bricks near the structure were [also] broken.”
Pictures show a Telstra phone box completely shattered and the front of the store with significant structural damage.
Mr Enguyen said a source revealed to him the driver allegedly fled the scen
“They got the owner of the car” to attend the scene he said.
It’s understood the car was towed away several hours later.
A WA Police spokesman confirmed that police were called to the crash.
He said officers were still investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Mr Enguyen, said the shop was insured and that business would be back to normal by next week.
“I’ll be open as normal but when they order the stuff I might have to close for one day,” he said.
“The builder has to come fix it, he has all the frames, doors and all that.”
Police have charged a 20-year-old Mandurah man with several offences including no authority to drive, failing to stop, and failing to report a traffic crash.
The man is due to appear in the Mandurah Magistrates Court in August.