Perth man faces 13 charges over high-speed pursuits in Geraldton

Gavin BoxGeraldton Guardian

A motorist allegedly reached speeds of up to 140 km/h in Geraldton and drove on the wrong side of the road in front of the police station on Saturday.

Police allege Juan Bellotti, 25, of Perth, was driving a stolen Holden Cruze when he was involved in two high speed pursuits, with police withdrawing on both occasions because it was considered too dangerous.

Police allege the man reached speeds of up to 140 km/h in 50 km and 70 km zones.

The first pursuit allegedly started about 10am on Utakarra Road, continuing along Abraham Street, Flores Road, Eighth Street, North West Coastal Highway, Phelps Street, Chapman Road and Marine Terrace before it was abandoned.

Police said a second pursuit followed and was again abandoned.

About 4pm, police then received reports of a car being driving in a paddock in Greenough.

Police allege the driver again refused to stop for police, driving through fences and onto sand dunes where he became bogged and fled the scene.

Mr Bellotti was charged with 13 driving offences, including two counts of reckless driving to evade police.

Each charge carries a mandatory six month jail term on conviction.

Mr Bellotti has also been charged with unlicensed driving, breach of bail and possession of a prohibited drug (methamphetamine).

Police said more charges could be pending.

Mr Bellotti appeared before Perth Magistrate’s Court yesterday and was refused bail.

He will appear before Geraldton Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

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