Inquiry launched after motorist collapse

AN investigation has been launched after a motorist arrested on suspicion of drink-driving collapsed from a head injury while in police custody. The 39-year-old man lost control of his Isuzu Trooper in Ravensdale, Clacton, and collided with some parked cars.

AN investigation has been launched after a motorist arrested on suspicion of drink-driving collapsed from a head injury while in police custody.

The 39-year-old man lost control of his Isuzu Trooper in Ravensdale, Clacton, and collided with some parked cars.

Police officers attended the scene at about 12.40pm last Saturday and following a positive breath test the man was taken into the town's police station where he gave a second breath reading.

However shortly afterwards he became unwell and collapsed within in the part of the station containing the cells and custody area.


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Staff then placed the driver, from Clacton, on a ventilator before he was rushed to Colchester General Hospital.

Initially the man began to recover but he then deteriorated again and last night he was in a life-threatening condition.

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The force's professional standards department has now launched an investigation with guidance from the Independent Police Complaints Commission to ensure all procedures were carried out correctly.

Although the driver did not have any visible injuries from the accident, the officers involved want to hear from people who witnessed the incident as they try to build a complete picture of events.

Pc Steve Woods, of Stanway road police, said a lot of people ran over to the Isuzu following the crash and he appealed for anyone with video footage on their mobile phone or those who saw the accident, and what happened in the following minutes, to come forward.

“We are trying to get as much witness evidence as possible from the scene and we are making a fresh appeal,” he said.

“Anyone with CCTV footage may be able to help and if anyone has anything on a camera phone we would also be interested in viewing this.”

An 86-year-old pensioner who was in the passenger seat of one of the parked cars suffered a minor hand injury but did not have to go to hospital.

Anyone with information should contact Stanway road policing unit on 01206 762512.

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