5 Jun 2009

Police cleared over pursuit ending in fatal crash

3:11 pm on 5 June 2009

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has cleared the police of wrongdoing after a pursuit that ended with the death of an Auckland man.

Ritchie Nehua Angell, 20, died in hospital after the car he was driving crashed in East Tamaki in March last year. Police had been chasing him after a robbery.

The authority's report details the pursuit, which lasted just over a minute. Mr Angell's car travelled at an average speed of 133km per hour in a 60km per hour zone.

The chase ended when Mr Angell drove the vehicle off the road and into the air, striking a tree, then a stone fence.

The Independent Police Conduct Authority findings say the pursuit complied with policy in most respects, with no misconduct or neglect of duty on the part of any of the police involved.

It says the officers' actions did not cause Mr Angell's death.