Crash spurs drug, theft case

Daryna ZadvirnaAlbany Advertiser
The crash scene on Albany Highway in September.
Camera IconThe crash scene on Albany Highway in September. Credit: Mt Barker Police

Mt Barker police have charged a man who allegedly crashed a stolen ute while on drugs on the way to a court appearance in September.

Perth man Rowan Angelo Franz Mildred was due to appear at Albany Magistrate’s Court on September 12 for a string of offences, including aggravated burglary, possession of amphetamine and stealing a motor vehicle.

Police were called to a crash on Albany Highway at about 8am the same day, where Mr Mildred had rolled a utility and flipped it on its roof but walked away uninjured.

Senior Constable Ken Brown said “everyone was shocked” that the driver “didn’t have a scratch on him” after one of the worst crashes he had seen.

Last week, Mt Barker police received Mr Mildred’s blood test results, which allegedly tested positive for amphetamines.

He has now been charged with driving while impaired by drugs, dangerous driving, no authority to drive and stealing fuel.

Mr Mildred will face Albany Magistrate’s Court on those charges in January.

He is also due to appear at the Albany court today, Rockingham court on December 6 and Bunbury court on January 19.

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