Police cleared over fatal crash in Leicestershire

Police did not cause the death of a man they were in pursuit of in Leicestershire, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has said.

Kevin Isaac, 43, from Leeds, was killed when the Renault Clio he was driving collided with a skip lorry on Leicester Lane, Desford, in September 2009.

Mr Isaac was being pursued by an unmarked police car, followed by a patrol car, before the crash.

The IPCC concluded that officers did not clearly understand pursuit policy.

IPCC Commissioner Amerdeep Somal said: "While there were minor breaches of pursuit policy by officers, they were in no way responsible for Mr Isaac's sad death."

Chief Superintendent Chris Rollings, from Leicestershire Police, said: "This was a tragic case and our thoughts are with Mr Isaac's family at this time.

"We have co-operated fully with the IPCC's investigation and have implemented the recommendations contained in their report."

The crash happened at about 12:40 BST on 23 September.

Mr Isaac had driven off when approached by officers in an unmarked police vehicle who were concerned about his behaviour a few minutes earlier.

Reasonable distance

The IPCC said officers had called their control room and asked for a computer check of the vehicle.

The officer started a pursuit but stopped after receiving an instruction from the control room to abort.

Another officer in a nearby marked police vehicle then began a pursuit that lasted about a minute, the IPCC said.

Authorisation from the control room inspector did not take place.

The IPCC found that the police vehicle kept a reasonable distance from Mr Isaac's car.

The investigation found that officers involved did not have a clear understanding of the force's pursuit policy and particularly what the definition of a pursuit is.

IPCC Commissioner Amerdeep Somal said: "Standard drivers need to understand what amounts to the commencement of a pursuit and their limitations in engaging in such action.

"I have recommended Leicestershire Constabulary need to ensure all of its drivers are well aware of the pursuit policy."

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