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.
The force with which a car crashed into a lamppost during a police chase meant its tyre flew off and bounced over a wall into a nearby garden, according to a witness.
Adam Wilkinson, 49, from Consett in County Durham, was a passenger in the car. He died at the scene. The driver, in his thirties, was taken to hospital.
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.
A man has died after the car he was in crashed on the outskirts of Consett late last night (Monday 23 June), following a short pursuit by police.
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Police in County Durham are appealing for a young man who has gone missing to make contact.
Daniel Ferry, 24, has not been seen since he left his home on Oxford Street, Eldon Lane, Bishop Auckland on May 29. He's described as being 5'3" tall, with short blonde hair, blue eyes and of slim build. He was wearing a light grey long sleeved sweat shirt with blue jeans.
Officers said Daniel may have been in the Quayside or Westgate Road area of Newcastle over the weekend.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Durham Police on 101.