A police officer has suffered a suspected broken nose while attempting to stop a gang of teenage dirtbike riders who had been tracked slicing across Perth on Tuesday, authorities say.
The officer was allegedly rammed by an off-road bike and punched by one of three people who had squeezed onto it when the group was confronted in North Lake, in the city’s south, about 5.20pm on Tuesday.
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“He received facial injuries, possibly a broken nose. Significant injuries,” Inspector Geoff DeSanges told reporters.
The incident came two hours after three bikes suspected to have been stolen were spotted outside a Malaga business, 30km away in Perth’s northern suburbs.
Police deployed a chopper and plane to monitor group as they rode through several suburbs including Balga, Girrawheen, Bayswater, Balcatta and Como.
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Authorities allege the bikes were ridden recklessly and at high speed on roads, across ovals and on footpaths.
Footage captured from the sky showed several close calls as the bikes cut in front of traffic.
The group split in Murdoch, shortly before two of the bikes were intercepted by police and the officer was allegedly punched in the face.
Three boys aged 14, 15 and 17 were arrested and charged with a string of offences relating to the stolen bikes, evading police and the incident in which the officer was assaulted.
Joondalup Detectives have charged three people after a police officer was allegedly punched in Perth on Tuesday. Credit: 7NEWS
The person who authorities allege struck the police officer is yet to be apprehended.
Police said it was a miracle no one was killed.
“I haven’t seen helmets on any of them either,” DeSanges said.
“It’s just a really bad situation that we’re so fortunate that most of them have been apprehended without injury.
“Sadly we’ve got a police officer who received serious injuries. That’s a concern to us.”
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers.