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Escapee caught after chase faces WA court

AAP logoAAP 31/10/2016

A remand prisoner who escaped from guards at a Perth hospital and was later recaptured after a pursuit in which he allegedly deliberately drove at a police officer and damaged six cars has appeared in court.

Lawrence Arnold Hansen, 25, was on remand for property offences and escaped while leaving Fiona Stanley Hospital about 5.40pm on Saturday.

Police say he later stole a silver Hyundai Tuscon from a home in Leeming, in Perth's south, on Saturday night.

Hansen was recaptured just after 11am on Sunday on Tonkin Highway in Gosnells, in Perth's southeast, following a pursuit through several suburbs including Gosnells, Kelmscott, Armadale and Seville Grove.

Police allege before his arrest Hansen deliberately drove at an officer who was attempting to deploy a stinger device.

Six police cars were damaged during the incident and Hansen was taken to Royal Perth Hospital for assessment.

He appeared in Fremantle Magistrates Court on Monday charged with 19 offences including escaping lawful custody, stealing, burglary, stealing a motor vehicle and driving recklessly, and endangering the life or safety of a person.

Hansen was remanded in custody and is due back in court on November 14.

Corrective Services Minister Joe Francis told 6PR radio all prisoners had to have their legs and hands shackled, and also had to be cuffed to either a guard or immovable object at all times when outside jail premises under new rules.

Whether the guards supervising Hansen had not followed that procedure would be investigated by Commissioner James McMahon, Mr Francis said.

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