Coroner's Court of Western Australia

Inquest into the Death of Joshua David POLO

Inquest into the Death of Joshua David POLO


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 23 March 2017, Mr Polo was a passenger in a car in a suburb of Kalgoorlie when the driver failed to stop at a stop sign and crashed into another vehicle in the intersection. Mr Polo sustained injuries from which he died.

The driver of the car was intoxicated with methylamphetamine and was attempting to evade a police intercept at the time of the crash. He was later convicted of manslaughter and dangerous driving occasioning death in circumstances of aggravation.

The Coroner found that Mr Polo’s death occurred by way of unlawful homicide.

The Coroner concluded that the police officer’s actions did not cause or contribute to the crash.

Catch Words : Police Pursuit : Emergency Driving Policy and Guidelines : Intoxication : Methylamphetamine : Unlawful Homicide

Last updated: 16-Nov-2020

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