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Rhett McAlpine four times over drink drive limit when car crashed after attempted police intercept in Neergabby

A Seabird farmhand who was more than four times over the drink drive limit was being pursued by police several minutes before he lost control of his car crashing into a power pole in Neergabby killing him instantly.

An inquest into the death of Rhett Samuel McAlpine heard the 25-year-old was driving up to 160kph before he lost control of his brother’s green Holden Commodore ute at a bend on Gingin Brook Road at about 10.20pm on September 13, 2016.

The car hit a wooden power pole splitting it in two. Mr McAlpine died in the crash while his brother, Hayden, was seriously hurt and was airlifted to hospital.

During the inquest, the court heard the brothers were on their way home following an evening of drinking when they passed a police car along Dewar Road, just outside of Gingin.

The inquest was told Mr McAlpine was driving 115kph and only came to the attention of police after a registration check revealed the owner of the car, Hayden, had lost his license for drink-driving.

Senior Constable John Warburton said they carried out a U-turn and turned on their lights in a bid to intercept the green Holden Commodore however it did not stop.

He said they turned their sirens on but the vehicle began to accelerate.

The officers pursued the vehicle, and caught up to the car at one stage and were able to identify the driver.

Snr Const Warburton said following identification they backed off and decided they would head to Seabird to wait for the car to return to its home address but continued to keep an eye on the vehicle from a distance.

A short time later, officers came across a Holden Commodore near Ferguson Road which had split into two.

Snr Const Warburton said he saw the driver had died instantly and went to assist the passenger who was “yelling and screaming” to get out of the car.

After he was able to get the passenger to safety emergency services arrived and the man was taken to hospital by helicopter.

The inquest heard a post mortem examination was carried out which revealed Mr McAlpine died from multiple injuries as a result of the crash. He also had 0.23% of alcohol in his system.

Coroner Sarah Linton reserved her findings but indicated to the court that she was satisfied Mr McAlpine was intoxicated at the time of his death and that he had no intention of stopping his vehicle.

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