Luke Barnes jailed for Caister crash death

A teenager has been jailed for four years and three months for causing the death of a 15-year-old boy by dangerous driving in a crash in Norfolk.

Luke Barnes, 18, of Gorleston, was driving a Ford Fiesta which was being followed by police when it hit a wall on Caister High Street on 2 February.

Passenger Ryan Youngman, also of Gorleston, died in the crash.

Barnes, who had admitted the offence and two related charges, was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court.

He had also pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving while uninsured and aggravated vehicle taking.

Barnes, of University Crescent, was 17 when he drove along Caister High Street at up to 85mph before crashing into the wall.

Image caption Ryan Youngman was a front seat passenger in the Ford Fiesta

He was also banned from driving for four years.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigated the police pursuit and said it was carried out in accordance with national guidelines.

IPCC commissioner Sarah Green said: "Tragically a young boy lost his life and in such circumstances it was appropriate for the IPCC to undertake an independent investigation.

"We found that Norfolk police officers acted appropriately, and in accordance with their guidelines and procedures in the way in which they conducted their pursuit.

"The events leading up to the pursuit justified police officers' decision to attempt to stop the Fiesta and speak to the occupants, and officers liaised correctly with the police control room."

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