Disturbing footage showing a stolen car circling and ramming a police vehicle in the crime-plagued town of Carnarvon has emerged the same day as a teenage boy was charged with stealing a car from a Pilbara mine site and aiming it at several cop cars. The West Australian understands the video of the incident in Carnarvon, which shows a small car smashing into a police car that was trying to stop it as people on the street commentated and laughed, has been circulating among local residents on social media. The alleged incident was followed by an even more serious alleged crime on Wednesday morning, in which a 14-year-old boy allegedly stole a Toyota Hilux from a mine site in Port Hedland. Police say the boy drove the car for about an hour around the neighbouring South Hedland, colliding with two other cars and attempting to ram a police car. Officers were unsuccessful in stopping the vehicle as the teenager allegedly continued to drive in a reckless manner, at one point driving directly at two police cars, forcing them to take evasive action. When the car was eventually stopped, the teen allegedly tried to flee but was caught following a foot chase. It is more evidence a dangerous TikTok trend, which has tortured WA’s northern region and involves children trying to one-up each other with crimes and sharing the footage, is spreading across the State. Police say three teenagers have been charged over the Carnarvon incident which happened about 2am on Saturday. It is alleged a Kia Cerato, which was allegedly stolen from a home in East Carnarvon the previous night, was seen by officers on patrol driving on David Brand Drive in the Carnarvon suburb, Brockman. Police say they tried to stop the car but it was alleged the driver failed to stop. “It will be further alleged the stolen vehicle was used to ram the police vehicle three times while the police vehicle was stationary at the intersection of Granberry Drive and David Brand Drive in Brockman,” a police spokesman said. “The stolen vehicle fled the scene and was later located abandoned on the levee banks adjacent to Babbage Island Road.” A 16-year-old boy, who is from Karratha, was charged with stealing the car. Meanwhile, two other 16-year-old boys were also charged with a string of other serious offences. Some of the charges the teens face include stealing a motor vehicle, no authority to drive, taking part in a riot, aggravated robbery, trespass and common assault. Mid West Gascoyne Police District Superintendent Steve Post travelled up to Carnarvon in the wake of this incident, meeting with stakeholder agencies and service providers. “I am very disappointed to see an incident such as this taking place in Carnarvon,” he said. “We’ve gone to great lengths to put measures into Carnarvon to protect the community and it is very disappointing that my own officers’ lives are now being put at risk by reckless behaviour. “We’ll continue to work with the community of Carnarvon to maintain their quality of life.” Supt Post said extra resources dedicated to Carnarvon would continue for the “foreseeable future” or “as long as the community and police need them”. The footage has thrust Carnarvon’s crime crisis back into the spotlight, with one resident describing the footage as “pretty bad” but “that’s just normal for Carnarvon”. “There’s no respect for the police whatsoever,” the long-term resident, who did not want to be named, said. WA Police Union acting president Paul Gale said the young offenders were putting the police officers who are there to serve and protect the community at risk. Mr Gale said he feared it was “only a matter of time” before a police officer or an innocent member of the public is seriously hurt or killed. “We’ve had many police cars rammed, we’ve had officers injured, we’ve had officers injured enough that they’ve had to be hospitalised,” he said. “When you have to deal with these vehicles at nighttime, police officers do not have an understanding of who or what is in the car. Some of these offenders are young offenders. “The risk of taking on these vehicles ... provides that high element of risk that someone is going to be injured, whether it’s a police officer, an innocent person on the side of the road or someone in that offending vehicle.” Mr Gale has called for greater legal protections for officers who have to apprehend offenders in these situations. He also said police vehicles in the regions should be better equipped to deal with being “chased down by 200 series LandCruisers”. Extra resources have recently been deployed to the Gascoyne town, which the region’s top cop last week said had seen burglary and stealing offences drop by 20-25 per cent in the past three months of 2022, compared to the three months prior. Damage offences — including rock throwing which has been prolific in the town — had also plummeted by 70-75 per cent between November and December last year, Mid West Gascoyne Police Superintendent Steve Post said. But the resident who spoke to The West said she had not noticed much of a change. “All of this stuff, I think it’s the pollies trying to keep the negativity down,” she said. “But if you have to live here, people just live in fear of being broken into. “A lot of the repeat offenders are going into the (justice) system and come out knowing more about committing crimes than they did when they went in.” Carnarvon Shire president Eddie Smith told Perth radio the issues were not unique to his town and were the result of the failure of government leadership over the past three decades. “I’ve made a noise because Carnarvon does not deserve the crime that’s occurring and people don’t want it to occur, so we need to be doing something about it,” he said. “There’s no consequence, there’s no accountability and there’s no respect. If we can get consequences back into our community, accountability back into our community and respect it will go a long way to solving the problems that we have.” Mr Smith said that children are filming their crimes for their social media accounts was “part of a social fabric of our society that has degraded over the past 30-35 years and governments have sat back at let it happen”. “The problem is that large that I don’t think the governments know how they are going to fix it,” he said. He also told how a local marriage had broken up because the wife was too scared to drive home through a crime “hot spot” because her car had been hit with rocks three times in one week. Nationals MP Merome Beard had written to Premier Mark McGowan before Christmas inviting him to the town to see the issues for himself and work with locals to devise a solution. However, Ms Beard said she did not receive a response, which she said was “enormously disappointing”. “It’s difficult to imagine or understand what’s being portrayed in the media if you’re not privy to seeing it,” she said. Asked about the footage, she said the “disturbing” aspect of it was “there’s a lot of very young people who are present, so this behaviour is being normalised in their world”. “So therein lies the problem of setting an example of what’s right or wrong,” she said. “I guess there’s no accountability for that behaviour at the moment and there’s no respect and the consequences are not there.” Ms Beard said a review of Government agencies providing services in the town was needed, and called for management teams to be based in Carnarvon, rather than hundreds of kilometres away in Geraldton. Mr McGowan said his Government was “focused on dealing with the issues in Carnarvon – not on responding to political stunts from the National Party” “These are complex issues and there are no overnight fixes. But we are getting on with delivering programs to tackle youth offending in the region – including rolling out Target 120 and providing additional family support workers,” he said. “We have also delivered record resourcing to WA Police in the regions, ensuring our police can respond quickly and effectively to criminal activity in towns like Carnarvon.” Shadow housing minister Steve Martin said the McGowan Government had “dropped the ball on the outbreak of crime in regional Western Australia, particularly youth crime”. Mr Martin said the situation faced by locals in Carnarvon was “desperately sad”.