A crash in County Durham has been referred to the police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission, after a man died just minutes after police spotted his car driving at speed.
Officers began following the Citroen Saxo, driven by Glenn Robinson, but lost sight of it.
They then discovered moments later that the car had crashed near Horden.
The driver, 22-year-old Glenn Robinson from Shotton Colliery, died at the scene.
Durham Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward with any information after a 22-year-old man died after a fatal collision.
Glenn Robinson died after his car left the road in Horden on Sunday evening.
– Inspector Ed Turner, Roads Policing Unit
“This was a tragic death of a young man who was returning home from a night out with a friend.
We are still working to establish why the car left the road.
We know that an officer in an unmarked police car had seen the car beingdriven at speed along Essington Way and turned to follow it with the aim of getting it to stop.
However, our enquiries have shown that there was no police pursuit in progress and at no time did Glenn fail to stop for the police.”
Any witnesses should ring Durham police on 101 and ask for the roads policing unit.
The family of a man killed in a fatal car crash have released a statement describing their devastation at his death.
Glenn Robinson died from head injuries after his car left the road in Horden this weekend.
– Statement from Glenn Robinson's family
“Glenn was a kind and thoughtful young man whose death has devastated his family.
He was the eldest of three children and was working for Durham County Council in the gardening division.
He had the most fun-loving personality, was a popular and friendly character and was engaged to be married.”
Police have named a man who was killed in a fatal crash in Horden yesterday (Sunday February 10th) as Glenn Robinson.
The 22-year-old, from Bridge Road in Shotton Colliery, died from head injuries after his car left the road in Horden.
His passenger was treated for minor injuries.