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Police chase crash left an innocent motorist with brain damage

Image shows Bolton Road West, where the incident happened Credit: Google Maps

A high-speed police pursuit of a rogue driver which ended in a crash that left an innocent motorist with brain damage was ‘necessary and proportionate’, according to a watchdog.

Police topped 111mph as they chased Lewis Rigby’s stolen Honda Civic for eight minutes through Bury, along the M66 and into Ramsbottom, on May 31st 2016.

But moments after they lost sight of the Honda it crashed into a Ford Fiesta on Bolton Road West, leaving its driver Claire King, 36, with a broken arm, fractured vertebrae and brain damage following a stroke in hospital.

Now the Independent Police Complaints Commission has ruled the actions of the officers involved in the pursuit were ‘necessary and proportionate’.

Rigby, 23, pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving and was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison last year.

“This was a thorough investigation; it analysed, in detail, the decision-making by all those involved.

As such, the investigator found officers and control room staff at GMP that day acted responsibly, and carefully considered the necessity for the pursuit throughout.”

– IPCC Commissioner Jan Williams