Two Queensland police officers won’t face any further action after reaching speeds of 186km/h while trying to stop a driver who hit and killed two people.
Two Queensland police officers who reached speeds of 186 km/h while trying to stop a drink driver won’t face further action over the deaths of two pedestrians.
Logan couple Ronald Ellison, 46, and Jacqueline Sylvester, 40, were killed instantly in December 2009 when a car being driven by a West Australian mine worker slammed into them as they were about to cross the road.
Investigations revealed the 42-year-old driver, Brett Glenbar, was travelling at a speed of more than 180km/h hour with a blood alcohol level almost three times the legal limit when he ploughed into the couple at Park Ridge, South of Brisbane.
Glenbar is serving a 10-year prison sentence for manslaughter.
An inquest in Brisbane last month heard that at the time of the collision, a police car had been following Glenbar’s car at high speed, at one point reaching 186km/h.
The police car’s lights and sirens were not on when its speed peaked at about about 10pm that night.
Queensland’s Coroner Terry Ryan ruled on Tuesday that while the male senior constable at the wheel had been driving too fast, he and his female colleague should not be referred to the Crime and Misconduct Commission.
In a written decision Mr Ryan found the officers had sped up in an attempt to intercept Glenbar, but he found they had not been involved in a police pursuit.
He said that when the police set off after Glenbar, there was a large distance between the two cars.
“The officers were entitled to make some attempt to intercept and to undertake urgent duty driving in aid of this,” Mr Ryan said.
While the high speed was unjustified, both officers had been adequately dealt with following an internal police investigation, the coroner found.
The officers received managerial guidance and had to undergo a refresher training course on pursuits.
“In the circumstances there is no basis for me to refer the matter,” Mr Ryan said.