Father killed in police chase described as loving family man
Tributes have been paid to Adam Wilkinson, 49, who was a passenger in a car that crashed into a lamppost as it was chased by police in County Durham. Durham Police has referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
The daughter of a man who was killed during a police car chase in County Durham has described him as her "hero".
Adam Wilkinson, 49, was a passenger in a car, which crashed into a lamppost as it was being pursued by Durham Police, on the outskirts of Consett, late on Monday.
Adam's daughter Rebecca said: "My dad was and always will be the main man in my life. I will always be daddy's girl and I will live my life to make him proud."
His family said: "Adam was a big personality, known and loved locally. He was a local business man who employed local people within the community. He was a generous, thoughtful man who would help anyone at anytime.
"Adam had the ability to make you laugh and make you cry. He was a loving and dedicated family man, described by his eldest daughter Rebecca, as her hero. Adam will be sorely missed and is a big hole in the families lives that cannot be filled."
The force has referred itself to the police watchdog, the IPCC, which will decide in due course whether to investigate what happened.
Durham Police has referred itself to the police watchdog after a car it was chasing failed to negotiate this road bend in County Durham, crashing into the lamppost with such force that a tyre flew off and bounced over a nearby wall.
Adam Parker Wilkinson, 49, from Consett, was a passenger in the car when it crashed. He died at the scene. The driver, a man in his thirties, was taken to hospital.
Police had begun pursuing the vehicle after receiving a report of two men behaving suspiciously in a Tesco supermarket, who jumped into a car and drive away.
A man who died during a police car chase in Consett, County Durham, has been named as Adam Wilkinson, 49, from Consett. He was a passenger in a car which came off the road and hit a lamppost as it was pursued along Ebchester Bank, close to St Mary's convent.
A man has died after the car he was in crashed on the outskirts of Consett late last night,following a short pursuit by police.
The incident started just after 11.50pm on Monday 23 June when police received a report of two men behaving suspiciously in the area of the Tesco Extra store on Genesis Way in Consett. It was believed the men were in a black VW Bora Sport that had driven off from the area.
The vehicle’s details were circulated and within minutes it was spotted by an officer in a Vauxhall Astra who indicated for the VW to stop. It did not do so and the officer pursued the car.
Then, at 12.02am the vehicle was found to have collided with a lamppost containing power cables as it headed down Ebchester Bank (the B6309), close to St Mary’s convent.
The passenger in the car, a man thought to be in his 40s, was confirmed dead at the scene. The driver, believed to be in his 30s, was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle with minor injuries. The road was closed to traffic until approximately 6am.
Durham Police has referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.