Police cleared by watchdog after man dies in crash on A50 while fleeing police



Police officers have been cleared of any wrongdoing after teenager Joshua Sanna died trying to escape them the wrong way up the A50.

Officers tried to stop Joshua’s car in Festival Park in the early hours on April 15, 2018 but the 18-year-old instead drove off.

A lengthy chase followed through the streets of Stoke-on-Trent, onto the A500, and then eventually onto the A50.

An officer driving a BMW attempted to stop Joshua’s Toyota Aygo on the dual-carriageway near Longton making ‘tactical contact’ to avoid the vehicle going up a slip-road.

But Joshua managed to get away and drove the wrong way up the A50 before colliding with two vehicles, catapulting himself and girlfriend Bethany Leese into the carriageway.

The driver was confirmed dead at the scene while his passenger suffered serious injuries.

Staffordshire Police then referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) for a full investigation.

The IOPC has now cleared officers of any wrongdoing after the crash.

A report stated: “Staffordshire Police referred the incident to us as is required when someone dies after contact with the police and we started an independent investigation. We attended the scene and the post incident procedure. During the investigation, we arranged and attended examinations of the vehicles involved in the collision.

“We also reviewed police witness statements, examined the in-car video footage from the police vehicle and CCTV footage from along the route of the pursuit and reviewed collision investigation data and documentation.

“There were no indications that any officers had misconducted themselves. The evidence indicates that all officers and police staff acted appropriately and in accordance with policy and procedure.”

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A seven-day inquest into Joshua’s death had previously cleared the officer involved in the collision of any wrongdoing after the jury ruled that Joshua died as a result of a head injury following a road traffic collision.

The fact he was not wearing a seatbelt contributed to his death.

The jury also found the officer involved in the chase had a ‘valid reason’ to pursue the vehicle.





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