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IPCC launches fatal crash inquiry

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is to investigate the death of a driver who crashed after being pursued by a dog-handling vehicle.

The 26-year-old man, who has not been named, was pronounced dead after a black Peugeot car struck a tree at about 11pm on Wednesday.

IPCC investigators were deployed to the scene in Bristol Road South, Birmingham, and a decision was made to launch an independent investigation yesterday.

In a statement, the IPCC said a West Midlands Police dog-handling vehicle had been in pursuit of the car leading up to the collision.

Investigators have been in contact with the man's family, the IPCC added, and relatives are being updated on the progress of the inquiry.

West Midlands Police said the Peugeot failed to stop for officers and crashed a short time later.

The force's Professional Standards Department informed the IPCC, as is normal procedure in a collision where a police vehicle is involved.

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