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Police officer arrested after driver dies during pursuit

A man has died following a collision in Aylestone Road this morning (Friday 25 November).

Shortly before 4am, an officer from the force’s Roads Policing Unit (RPU) attempted to stop a black BMW, but the driver failed to do so.

A pursuit was authorised but a short time later the car – which was travelling county-bound – collided with a tree close to the junction with Richmond Avenue.

The driver of the car – a man in his 20s – was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger – a man in his 20s – suffered injuries that were not life-threatening or life-changing. He has since been discharged from hospital.

The road was closed for a number of hours to allow the investigation to take place and has since reopened.

Following the collision, as is mandatory following any death involving police contact, the force’s Professional Standards Department were informed and the incident has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC). The investigation will be led by the IOPC.

As part of the investigation, following a routine roadside drugs test, an officer has been arrested on suspicion of driving while unfit through drugs and has since been released from custody while more detailed blood tests are carried out.

Detective Inspector Steve Kilsby from the force’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “The investigation is in its early stages, and will be continuing throughout the evening.

“I would ask anyone with dashcam footage, who saw the collision occur or saw the black BMW beforehand to get in touch. Any details you’re able to provide could help.”

You can pass on information by visiting and quoting incident 51 of 25 November.

Alternatively call 101.

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