An investigation has been launched into the death of a 31-year-old Eastbourne man who crashed minutes after being stopped by a police patrol.
The man, driving a black BMW 650i convertible, had been stopped by a police at around 8pm on Monday night (December 28).
As an officer approached the car on foot the man drove away and was found to have crashed on Paradise Drive several minutes later, where he died at the scene.
The road was closed to traffic for seven hours while the crash was investigated.
A police spokesman said, “The BMW had been stopped by a police patrol several minutes before the crash, but as an officer alighted and approached the car it made off. It was not pursued and was not seen again until an area search revealed that it had crashed.
“Due to the earlier police contact the circumstances were reported to Sussex Police’s professional standards department and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) was advised. It [the IPCC] is now considering the circumstances.”
Officers would like to talk to anyone who saw the fatal collision or who noticed the BMW being driven shortly before it occurred. They are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 101, quoting Operation Amos.
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