A report by the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) has found that officers who pursued a stolen car before it was involved in a high speed collision were not trained or authorised to do so.
The one mile pursuit, which took place in the early hours of Thursday 22 November 2018 between Cleland and Newmains, ended when the car hit a crash barrier, leaving the road and rolling upside down. The driver was seriously injured and required hospital treatment.
The car involved in the incident was reported stolen from Wishaw shortly after 0300 hours by a man who was reported to be drunk. It was then spotted by the officers, who were on patrol on the A73, at a roundabout in Bellside, Cleland. The officers activated the marked police car’s blue lights, indicating the driver to stop, but he drove off at high speed towards Newmains. The officers followed with the car’s blue lights activated, constituting a ‘pursuit’ within Police Scotland’s procedures.