14th Oct, 2019

Police pursuit before fatal crash 'appropriate' says investigation

Sarah Mason 22nd May, 2019 Updated: 22nd May, 2019

AN INVESTIGATION into a police pursuit that hat ended with the death of a Solihull woman found no police wrongdoing.

Sarah Giles, aged 20, was killed in July when the car in which she was travelling in Birmingham was hit by an Audi pursued by West Midlands Police.

The Audi failed to stop and was pursued along Kingsland Road, in Kingstanding, to the junction with Wandsworth Road, where the collision occurred during the evening of 29 July last year.

Five people in the Audi were detained at the scene and taken to hospital.

The Audi’s driver, Brandon Daniels, was jailed for six years at Birmingham Crown Court last November after he admitted causing death by dangerous driving and other motoring offences.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) found the police’s actions appropriate.

The IOPC said the two police constables involved in the pursuit were both advanced level drivers and, following the collision, provided medical assistance until colleagues and paramedics arrived.

It added all police officers and staff were treated as witnesses during the course of our investigation which was completed within five months.

IOPC regional director Derrick Campbell said: “My sympathies are with the family of Sarah Giles and all those affected by her death.

“Our investigation found that the pursuit was authorised, proportionate and carried out in accordance with local and national policy.

“The police officers drove a safe distance behind the stolen vehicle and ultimately it was the manner in which the Audi was driven which led to such tragic consequences.”

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