Rider in fatal WA police chase ‘on meth’

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AN inexperienced motorcyclist who died after crashing into a Perth house had methamphetamine in his system and was trying to flee from police, an inquest has heard.

Clinton Edward Rogers, 39, died in November 2016 following an attempted police intercept in Balcatta, while his partner Kara Kelly, who was a pillion passenger, suffered a broken femur in the crash.

Mr Rogers’ driver’s licence had been cancelled about four months earlier and he was an inexperienced motorcycle rider, the WA Coroners Court heard on Thursday.

Police became suspicious after they saw the motorcycle pull into a car park outside a deli and stop behind a parked vehicle, counsel assisting the coroner Fleur Allen said.

The officers, who were in an unmarked police vehicle, did a U-turn and drove into the car park but Mr Rogers rode over a curb and out of the car park.

Police followed the motorcycle and activated the emergency lights and siren, but Mr Rogers failed to stop.

At an intersection, the lights changed to red, which forced police to stop as a bus passed and they lost sight of the motorcycle, the inquest heard.

Mr Rogers failed to negotiate a bend and crashed into the front brick wall of a house, catapulting him into the side garden bed, while Ms Kelly was thrown more than 10 metres onto the front lawn of a neighbouring property.

The officers did not see the crash and a short time later another policeman arrived at the scene, Ms Allen said.

Mr Rogers was rushed to Royal Perth Hospital where he died from multiple injuries, including a ruptured heart.

Analysis of Mr Rogers’ blood and urine showed he had 1.5mg/l of methamphetamine in his system.

There were no defects detected with the motorcycle, the inquest heard.

The coroner is reviewing the circumstances surrounding the police intercept and whether the officers’ conduct caused or contributed to the crash.

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