A report by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) has found that a police pursuit of a car which crashed leaving a female passenger seriously injured, was proportionate and justified.

The PIRC report, published today (27 March 2019), found that the crash and the injuries to the woman were caused by the driver driving at excessive speed and losing control of the car.

The driver of the car which was being pursued failed to negotiate a bend at Beach Road in Troon around 0030 hours on 18 October 2018 and hit the boundary wall of a house. He was injured in the crash and the female passenger was seriously injured.

The report found that the pursuit began when two police officers in a marked police car saw the man driving erratically on the streets of Troon and they activated their vehicle’s blue lights and siren.

Although the driver of the car appeared to slow down initially, he then accelerated quickly away from the police car. The police officers made the Area Control Room (ACR) aware they were pursuing a car which had failed to stop. They pursued the car through the streets of Troon for around 2 miles before the driver of the other car failed to negotiate a bend in Beach Road and crashed into the boundary wall of a house.

The man was arrested and charged with dangerous driving and other offences and was recently sentenced to 27 months imprisonment. As the court case has now concluded the PIRC report into the events leading up to the crash can be published.

The PIRC report found the pursuit had been carried out in accordance with Police Scotland’s Standard Operating Procedures and was justified and proportionate in the circumstances.

The incident was referred to the PIRC by Police Scotland for independent investigation on 18 October 2018. The investigation examined the circumstances of the incident and the actions of police. Read the full report with findings HERE.