Criminal investigation begins after collision with Sussex Police vehicle
The driver of an unmarked Sussex Police vehicle who was involved in a fatal collision with a man has been told he is facing a criminal investigation for the offense of causing death by driving dangerous.
May 6, 2022
By Tony Thompson
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has opened an investigation into the death of Arthur Holscher-Ermert, 27, who was hit on the A259 South Coast Road at around 11.10pm on Saturday April 30. He was confirmed dead at the scene. shortly after.
The driver of the vehicle involved in the collision, a police officer, will also be investigated for potential gross misconduct. The IOPC Fund said a criminal investigation does not necessarily mean charges will follow.
Information received so far by the IOPC Fund indicates that prior to the collision, Mr Holscher-Emert was driving an Audi which was being chased by a police car after it came to the attention of officers conducting an operation in the area of Newhaven and Peacehaven.
The short chase reportedly ended on Bramber Avenue where Mr Holscher-Ermert left the Audi and was hit moments later by another police vehicle.
Part of the incident is believed to have been captured on the dash cam of a member of the public driving in the area at the time.
IOPC Fund Regional Director Graham Beesley said: “Our hearts go out to the family of Mr Holscher-Ermert and to all those involved in this tragic incident and affected by his death.
“We have provided his family with an update on the progress of our investigation and will meet with them soon.
“As well as investigating the collision, we are also looking at the events leading up to it and the police actions that immediately followed.
“It is important that we establish why Mr. Holscher-Ermert was being pursued by the police, including what information, if any, the police had about him or the vehicle he was driving.
“We will also review whether the officers’ actions thereafter complied with policy and procedure. This will include watching the follow up given to him. We know that handcuffs were applied to Mr. Holscher-Ermert at the scene and this will be part of our investigation.