Man, 19, dies in crash following police chase

A 19-year-old driver has died following a police pursuit in County Durham.

Friday, 18th October 2019, 8:06 pm
The pursuit ended in a crash on Central Drive.

At around 2.30pm on Friday, October 18, police began a pursuit in Spennymoor involving a Nissan Primera.

The incident ended in a crash on Central Drive, Middlestone Moor.

A Durham Police spokesperson said: “The driver of the vehicle, who is not being named at this stage, suffered fatal injuries.

“We have referred the matter to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).”

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A cordon remains in place and traffic should avoid the area.

David Ford, the IOPC's interim regional director, said: "Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends and anyone affected by this sad incident.

"We are attending the scene and the post-incident procedures to begin gathering evidence.

"Anyone who witnessed events leading up to the collision is asked to contact the IOPC on 0800 096 9076 or email witness@policeconduct.gov.uk."