Karratha skateboarding dad hailed as ‘world’s best father’ after citizen’s arrest of cop-evading suspect

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A man has chased down a perp on his skateboard
Camera IconA man has chased down a perp on his skateboard Credit: Andrew Ritchie/Community News

A Karratha father completed a stunning citizen’s arrest over the weekend when he used a skateboard to chase down a man attempting to escape police.

At about 3.50pm on Sunday Karratha Police attempted to arrest a man in Nickol on a number of outstanding warrants.

The male suspect ran from police, while a local constable gave chase.

A father who was skateboarding with his son saw the chase and used his skateboard to close down the suspect over 400m along Matebore Street.

The man reportedly jumped off his skateboard and tackled the man to the ground when he caught up with him.

Karratha officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Danial Strachan took to Facebook to praise the father’s efforts.

“We would like to say thank you to that amazing father who helped us and cemented his place as the world’s best father to his son,” he said.

“To the skateboarding legend, if you are reading this, please pop into the police station, we would like to formally recognise your efforts and say thank you.

“The constable involved is currently on the treadmill, determined to not let a skateboarding father take the glory next time.”

Sen. Sgt. Strachan said the suspect had a history of evading police and would appear in the Karratha Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

The brave father’s actions were lauded on social media, with community members praising the man’s quick-thinking heroics.

Karratha residents were quick to praise the selflessness of the father on Facebook while others lauded the community spirit shown by the man.

“Awesome work and happy to see that the community is as strong as ever,” Craig Rhook stated.

Shirley Simpson praised the father’s willingness to help police.

“So often people just watch and aren’t willing to get involved — well done to the police for publicising his efforts and well done Dad — be proud,” she said.

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