A 3-year-old girl was injured after being left in a burning
car allegedly stolen by her father.
Police rescued the girl from the flames after the vehicle
crashed into a barrier on the Great Eastern Highway in
Perth's outer northeast suburbs on Sunday night.
The driver had run away leaving the girl in the burning car,
He was found nearby in Midvale and was taken to Swan
Districts Hospital for treatment to injuries received in the
The girl is in Princess Margaret Hospital in a serious but
Police were first called to a home in the northern suburb of
Ellenbrook just after 10pm on Sunday to deal with a domestic
They learned that a 25-year-old man had left in an allegedly
stolen vehicle with his daughter.
Officers found the car an hour later, but the driver failed
to stop and police decided not to pursue because the child
was in the car.
Instead, police monitored the vehicle which is believed to
have hit another car before being found smashed into a
The man allegedly failed a breath test at the hospital and
was taken to Midland Police Station where he was charged with
being armed in a way that may cause fear, aggravated assault
occasioning bodily harm and criminal damage.
He was also charged with a number of driving offences,
including stealing a motor vehicle and dangerous driving
occasioning bodily harm.
He appeared at a bedside hearing at Royal Perth Hospital on
Monday and was remanded in custody.