Police pursuit crash in Dorset leaves man dead

A teenager has died in hospital after the car he was travelling in crashed while being followed by police.

Dorset Police said officers investigating reports of a petrol station fuel theft had tried to stop a car in the early hours of Sunday.

The vehicle, which failed to stop for the officers, crashed into the verge in Horton Road near Three Legged Cross.

The 18-year-old man from Verwood had been taken to Poole Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Another 18-year-old man from Ferndown suffered minor injuries and was taken to the same hospital.

'Driving away'

Neither of the police officers were injured.

A Dorset Police spokesman said: "At just before 10pm on Saturday 17th December 2011, police were called to a report of a vehicle driving away without paying from the BP petrol station in Ringwood Road, St Leonards.

"At 1.52am on Sunday 18th December 2011, two police officers in a marked police car identified a vehicle believed to have been involved in the earlier incident.

"Following a short police pursuit the vehicle collided with the roadside."

The spokesman said the Independent Police Complaints Commission had been informed of the incident.

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