10 May 2021 | Investigations
Investigation Report: Serious injury following police contact, Dumfries
About 0020 hours on Friday 30 August 2019, two police officers were on patrol in a marked police car in Dumfries when they signalled to the 19-year-old male driver of a Ford car, who had no lights illuminated on his car, to stop for a routine check.
The driver of the Ford car failed to comply with the police signal and a vehicle pursuit was instigated along various roads in Dumfries. Whilst travelling on the A701 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries, the driver of the Ford car drove at excessive speeds and failed to stop for a red traffic light signal. At this point the driver of the police car slowed to comply with the red traffic light signal, whereby he lost sight of the Ford car as it increased speed and turned off the A701 Edinburgh Road, into a side street.
On turning into the street, the officers discovered that the driver of the Ford car had lost control of the car and collided with a wall, resulting in the Ford ending up on its roof. The driver was seriously injured and the front seat passenger was slightly injured.
The police officers involved provided medical assistance until the arrival of paramedics. The driver and passenger were then taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary for treatment.
Both were charged with a number of offences in relation to the incident and later convicted. As these proceedings have now concluded, we can now publish this summarised report.
REFERRAL TO THE PIRC
On 30 August 2019, Police Scotland referred the incident to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) in terms of Section 33A(c) of the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2006 as amended and the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Investigations Procedure, Serious Incidents and Specified Weapons) Regulations 2013 for consideration of investigation.
As it was not apparent from examination of the initial police referral of the incident how the pursuit was instigated and conducted, the matter was investigated.
During the course of the investigation, PIRC investigators visited the scene, obtained statements from and interviewed relevant police officers and conducted a CCTV survey of the location. They also examined Command and Control incident logs, Airwave radio recordings and training records.
- When the police officers discovered the man driving the Ford car without lights illuminated they indicated to him to stop. He failed to do so and drove away from the police failing to stop for a red traffic light resulting in a vehicle pursuit.
- The driver is the holder of a provisional licence and the Ford car was not displaying L plates. The passenger of the car was not qualified to be supervising the man whilst he was driving.
- The driver had numerous opportunities prior to the crash to stop the car but chose not to do so. He was responsible for the crash and the injuries sustained by himself and the passenger.
- Govan Area Control Room police staff and the supervisor immediately identified the incident as a vehicle pursuit and controlled the vehicle pursuit in a professional manner.