Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Officer Not at Fault in Death Crash ; Police Watchdog Rules That PC Was Not to Blame after Driver and Passenger Died in Pursuit Smash

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Officer Not at Fault in Death Crash ; Police Watchdog Rules That PC Was Not to Blame after Driver and Passenger Died in Pursuit Smash

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APOLICE officer who pursued a car before it crashed into a tree killing two men was not to blame for the collision, a watchdog has found.

The GMP Pc chased a Volkswagen Polo being driven by Jack Christian in Radcliffe, Bury, during the early hours of December 2, 2012, and did not act outside his lawful duties, the Independent Police Complaints Commission has concluded.

Mr Christian, 22, from Bury, and his passenger Lee Perris, 23, from Radcliffe, both died after a pursuit that lasted 47 seconds. The police officer, who was driving alone in a marked police car, told the IPCC his attention was drawn to the VW Polo because its windscreen was completely frosted over as if its internal heating had not been working. The officer, who was trained to carry out police pursuits, activated his car's sirens and blue lights but Mr Christian did not stop.

Eyewitnesses told the IPCC they saw the Polo being driven in a dangerous manner at speeds of up to 70mph in residential streets with a 30mph limit. …

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