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Police cleared after death of young mother during car chase

20-year-old Sophie Case was a passenger in the car being chased by police Credit: BPM MEDIA

Police officers have been cleared of blame after a mother of three was killed during a car chase involving a banned drink-driver.

20-year-old Sophie Case was killed when the MG Rover in which she was a passenger ploughed into two parked bollards and a van.

Driver Liam Ellis, the father of two of her children, was later jailed for six years and eight months.

The 22-year-old had never taken a driving test, was drunk and hit speeds of up to 84mph before he lost control of the car in Jiggins Lane, Bartley Green, early on November 26 last year.

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Police had tried to stop the Rover after spotting Ellis perform a handbrake turn amid suspicions the car may have been stolen.

He sped off, at times driving on the wrong side of the road and on the wrong side of keep left bollards, before losing control.

When emergency services arrived at the scene, Miss Case was still breathing but was pronounced dead soon afterwards.

Now the police watchdog, which investigated the crash, has concluded that no rules were broken during the pursuit involving an unmarked West Midlands Police car.

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Independent Police Complaints Commission commissioner Derrick Campbell said:

Our thoughts are with Sophie’s family and friends, and everyone else affected by this tragic incident. Liam Ellis admitted culpability for her death and subsequently lost his liberty. After studying in-car data and footage, airwave transmissions and obtaining the account of the officer involved, we concluded that the pursuit had been correctly authorised and was in accordance with force procedures. No evidence arose from our enquiries to indicate wrongdoing on the part of police.

– Derrick Campbell, IPPC commissioner