John Beirouti Biography — Wiki
John Beirouti was a new father and amateur cage fighter with a lengthy criminal rap sheet who has died after he lost control of a car while fleeing from police. He was followed after officers saw him traveling through southeast Melbourne at about 3.30 am on Sunday in a car that had been linked to an ‘outstanding matter’.
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John Beirouti Age
John Beirouti, who was known to police, was 43 years old at the time of death.
What happened to John Beirouti?
John Beirouti refused to pull over before two of his tires were slashed by stop sticks, sending the car spiraling out of control. He crashed into a tree, which set the car alight. Officers and paramedics dragged Mr. Beirouti out of the burning wreckage and immediately performed CPR, but he could not be saved.
Victoria Police’s Professional Standards Command is investigating the events leading to the crash and the man’s death.
John Beirouti girlfriend, child, family
Following Mr. Beirouti’s death, his devastated girlfriend Argina Baker shared a touching tribute in his honor.
‘My heart is broken,’ she said. ‘He had a heart of gold and he loved us with every fiber of his being.’
In late 2020, the couple welcomed their first son, Jaxx. Mr. Beirouti frequently shared updates about his son’s progress and the life he shared with his little family.
The Karratha Kats Football Club remembered him as a ‘beloved club legend’ after the word spread of his death.
‘[He] was not to tall but never short on confidence. Always the life of the party. The memories you leave behind are full of love and laughter.’
What we know so far about John Beirouti
Detective Acting Sergeant David Miller revealed on Sunday officers used tire-deflation devices to stop the driver. He admitted they may have contributed to Mr. Beirouti losing control of the car.
‘As the vehicle’s been traveling down Stud Road, its front right tire is deflating, so it’s going to give you less control of that car,’ Sergeant Miller said.
He clarified that officers were following Mr. Beirouti, but were not chasing him.
‘So he’s gone off the road onto the grass, unable to retake control, and he’s then slid… on an angle, glanced off one tree, straightened up, and then pretty much [gone] head-on into the large tree, where the momentum of the car spun it around.’
Lisa Little, a friend of Mr. Beirouti, told the Herald Sun he was ‘working hard to turn his life around for his family and his kids’ despite his criminal history.
‘He was a great dad and a great fighter,’ Ms Little said. ‘They have a lovely young family, and he had a very big heart.’
Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who may have dashcam footage, is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.