The 16-year-old boy who died when a car slammed into a tree after a high-speed police pursuit in Perth has been identified as Jack Patterson, with friends taking to social media to mourn his death.
Jack was behind the wheel of a car carrying two passengers on Thursday night when it smashed into the tree and split in two at Hovea, 30 kilometres east of Perth.
Police said the car had failed to stop for officers before the driver lost control and crashed into the tree at high speed on Great Eastern Highway just before 6:00pm.
Jack died at the scene while the two passengers — a 16-year-old boy and an 18-year-old woman — suffered serious injuries.
They remain in Royal Perth Hospital.
Tributes have been paid to Jack on Facebook.
"I woke up this morning hoping you'd go through the door … you were an awesome mate and a great housemate, take it easy up there bro rest easy," one friend said.
"RIP cousin, gone too soon mate … one of the best guys I have ever met, spread those wings cousin," another wrote.
"Take care up there my brother you'll be missed by many," another said.
Police launch investigation
Police said the red sedan was being driven dangerously when it was spotted by an unmarked police car in the eastern Perth suburb of Lockridge, around 20km from Hovea.
Officers said the driver did not stop and continued towards Roe Highway, where it sideswiped another car at a nearby intersection, causing minor damage
The vehicle was then seen by another unmarked police car about 15 minutes later on Roe Highway but when it again failed to stop, a stinger tyre-bursting device was deployed on Great Eastern Highway.
However, the car evaded the stinger device before crashing into the tree some minutes later.
Police said the chase had already been called off due to the teen's dangerous driving.
A report is due to be prepared for the coroner and police said Major Crash officers would also investigate the incident, overseen by its Internal Affairs unit.