Berkshire

M4 fatal police pursuit investigated by watchdog

The death of a driver during a police pursuit on the M4 motorway is to be investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Roberto Fernandes, 32, was being followed by Metropolitan Police officers when his Ford Fiesta struck the central reservation on Wednesday.

He got out of the vehicle but was struck by another car between junctions seven and eight/nine for Maidenhead.

The inquiry will look at police actions including if a pursuit was appropriate.

The pursuit began in the Metropolitan Police Service area, near Hayes, west London, and continued on to the westbound side of the M4 into Berkshire.

Vehicles involved

Mr Fernandes was airlifted to hospital but later died.

IPCC Commissioner Rachel Cerfontyne said: "My condolences go to Mr Fernandes' family and friends. The IPCC has already made contact with his relatives to explain our role and what we will be investigating.

"The IPCC investigation will focus on police actions, from when the decision to pursue Mr Fernandes was taken until the crash on the motorway.

"Our investigators will look at why the officers decided to stop him, and whether the decision to conduct a pursuit was proportionate.

"There were a number of police vehicles involved in the pursuit and we will look at whether this was appropriate and if other tactical options were open to the police."

An inquest into Mr Fernandes' death was opened and adjourned earlier.

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