| 17.10,20. 06:00 AM |
Two women injured after ute smashes into WA pub
Two women were injured in the incident with one airlifted to Royal Perth Hospital (9News)
A woman is in a critical condition and another is seriously injured after a ute smashed into a Collie pub, in WA's south west.
Detectives are investigating allegations the driver deliberately reversed his Toyota Hilux into the pub, pinning the victims to the wall.
Police claim the 33-year-old driver had been in an altercation inside the pub earlier in the night and around 11pm that spilled outside the Crown Hotel Collie.
The driver is understood to have then gotten into his car before backing into the group standing outside.
While most people moved out of the way, the ute tray pinned two women to the wall.
The women, innocent bystanders in the event, got caught up in the chaos as they left the pub.
Two 19-year-old boys rendered assistance to the victims until ambulances arrived.
A 23-year-old woman was airlifted to Royal Perth Hospital, where she had surgery this morning and is still in intensive car
Her friend, an 18-year-old woman, was taken to Bunbury Hospital and has since been discharged.
The driver is now in police custody and homicide detectives are investigating the incident.
"The driver of the vehicle left the scene but came to the Collie police station shortly thereafter where he was placed in custody," Det. Snr Sgt Jeramy Davies said.
"The incident is extremely serious and it's being treated extremely seriously. We have support here with us in the south west from the homicide squad in Perth and also our forensic experts."