Coroner's Court of Western Australia

Inquest into the Death of Bradley Ronald Andrew DEMEZA

Inquest into the Death of Bradley Ronald Andrew DEMEZA


Delivered on : 8 October 2020

Delivered at : Perth

Finding of : Deputy State Coroner King

Recommendations : N/A

Orders/Rules : N/A

Suppression Order : Yes

That there be no reporting or publication of the details of any of the versions of the WA Police Emergency Driving Policy and Guidelines, including, but not limited to, any cap on the speed at which police officers are authorised to drive.


Summary : On 9 May 2018 Mr Demeza was driving a utility vehicle (ute) west on Great Eastern Highway in Wundowie when two police officers travelling east in a marked police vehicle noted on their on-board radar that he was speeding. The officers turned around in order to intercept him but they saw in the distance that he had turned north off the highway. They turned off the highway on the same road and travelled for about 2 km until they came across a crash scene.

Mr Demeza had lost control of the ute and crashed into trees. He was trapped in the ute, seriously injured. Mr Demeza was extricated from the ute, but his condition quickly deteriorated and he died at the scene. He was 31 years old.

The Coroner found that Mr Demeza’s death occurred by way of misadventure.

The Coroner concluded that the police officers did not cause or contribute to the crash.

Catch Words : Police Pursuit : Emergency Driving Policy and Guidelines : Misadventure


Last updated: 13-Nov-2020

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