THE Independent Police Complaints Commission has decided a full investigation will not be required after assessing all the available evidence relating to a fatal road traffic incident on the A540 near Chester on Wednesday, November 26.
Following the referral from Cheshire Constabulary on Wednesday morning, the IPCC established:
BLOB Cheshire Constabulary responded to a 999 call shortly after 3am reporting three men acting suspiciously in the car park of the Eight Rights Pub, Chester;
BLOB A Vauxhall Omega sped away from the car park as the first police car arrived;
BLOB A short time later a second police vehicle spotted the tail lights of the Vauxhall Omega on the A5116 Liverpool Road near the Countess of Chester Hospital. This officer began to pursue but the Omega was travelling at high speed and was quickly lost;
BLOB The tail lights of the Vauxhall Omega were again spotted on the A41 but it was lost after turning onto the A5117;
BLOB A third police vehicle travelling along the A540 at approximately 3.20am came across a road traffic incident involving the Vauxhall Omega and a heavy goods vehicle.
Naseem Malik, IPCC commissioner for the North West, said: “It is clear from all the evidence we have been able to collect that the police involvement in this incident was limited.
“It would be difficult to classify any stage as a formal pursuit as the Vauxhall Omega appears to have been travelling at such high speed that the police vehicles only had fleeting encounters with it. There was certainly no active pursuit when the Vauxhall Omega was in collision with the heavy goods vehicle.
“As a result of the outcome of the assessment I am content that there are no concerns about the actions of the police officers which would require the IPCC to conduct a full investigation.”