E-scooter rider loses EYE after being hit by flying potato – as two men face charges over bizarre attack
- A man was hit in the eye by a flying potato while riding a rental scooter in Perth
- The alleged victim, 28, had to have his eye surgically removed due to his injury
- Mirrabooka police charged two Ballajura men, aged 19 and 20, over the bizarre attack
- It is alleged that the pair drove past the victim in a car and fired a potato gun at him
A scooter rider has had his eye surgically removed after it was hit by a flying potato, with two men now charged over the bizarre attack.
The alleged victim, 28, was riding a rental scooter along West Coast Drive in Perth with a friend on May 20.
As the pair approached Mettams Pool, a group of men in a passing vehicle allegedly fired potatoes at them using a potato gun.
A man, 28, had his eye surgically removed after he was hit by a flying potato along West Coast Drive (pictured) in Perth
One of the men suffered facial injuries and a broken arm after he was hit. The injury was so severe that he had to have his eye surgically removed.
Two Ballajura men, 19 and 20, were charged over the alleged incident following an extensive investigation by Mirrabooka detectives.
Midland District Inspector Brett Baddock said police claim the attack was planned but not targeted at any particular person.
“It seems those involved thought it would be fun to use potatoes as projectiles aimed at people minding their own business and enjoying our coastline,” he said.
‘This so-called fun has ended in tragedy, with the victim losing one eye.’
‘Mirrabooka detectives pursued this investigation relentlessly and there are very serious consequences associated with the charges resulting from this investigation.’
He added that detectives would not stop until “they have found all those responsible”.
The victim was riding a rental scooter with a friend when a group of men in a passing vehicle allegedly fired a potato gun at him (stock photo)
Police used CCTV footage, mobile phone data and number plates to hunt down the two young men allegedly responsible.
The pair were charged with grievous bodily harm, for committing an act likely to endanger life, health or safety or any person.
One of the men was also charged with having a weapon, while the other was also charged with three counts of violence.
Both men will appear in Perth Magistrates Court for the attack on Friday.