27 Jul 2010

Man becomes 10th police pursuit death this year

7:01 pm on 27 July 2010

A second person involved in a crash while fleeing a police patrol in Christchurch has now died, becoming the tenth person to die in a police pursuit this year.

Tama Regan Dobson, who was 27-years-old, was driving a car that crashed into a power pole on Moorhouse Avenue on 10 July.

He died in hospital on Tuesday after a decision was made to turn off his life support.

A 26-year-old passenger in the car was also killed in the crash.

Police say their investigation into the crash is continuing.

A review of the pursuits policy has recommended changes to the way they are managed, including giving senior officers travelling as passengers in the patrol car the authority to call off a chase.