Con­cern as cop car chase crashes triple in four years

Sunday Mail (UK) - - Lorna Hughes - King, top, and Har­ris

of pol­icy and re­search at the In­sti­tute of Ad­vance Driv­ers, said po­lice needed to re­view driver train­ing and pur­suit guide­lines.

The po­lice chase of a stolen car was par­tially blamed for a crash that in­jured peo­ple in Holy­town, La­nark­shire. The in­ci­dent in July 2017 led to those hurt need­ing hos­pi­tal treat­ment.

The two of­fi­cers in the car had twice been told by con­trol room staff that their pur­suit of the stolen car was not au­tho­rised.

Dur­ing the chase, the stolen ve­hi­cle col­lided with a parked car be­fore strik­ing an­other ve­hi­cle.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Po­lice In­ves­ti­ga­tions and Re­view Com­mis­sioner said the po­lice car had con­trib­uted to the crash.

They gave Po­lice Scot­land sev­eral rec­om­men­da­tions on ve­hi­cle pur­suits to pre­vent a sim­i­lar ac­ci­dent hap­pen­ing again.

Po­lice Scot­land say all their off icers must com­plete a driver train­ing course be­fore be­ing al­lowed on the road.

Deputy Chief Con­sta­ble Fiona Tay­lor added: “Our fleet trav­els more than 70mil­lion miles across Scot­land ev­ery year.

“The fig­ures con­tained within the FOI re­fer to po­lice ve­hi­cles driven by of­fi­cers as well as hire ve­hi­cles used by staff. They in­clude col­li­sions caused by other driv­ers.

“A col­li­sion can vary from a se­ri­ous road traf­fic col­li­sion to mi­nor ve­hi­cle dam­age.

“Where we be­lieve a road traf­fic of­fence has oc­curred, we in­ves­ti­gate the cir­cum­stances and take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion.”

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