A driver died when he crashed his car into a bollard 10 minutes after calling police to report the vehicle damaged.
The man, in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene on Wood Street in Earl Shilton, Leicestershire.
Before the crash, at 23:00 GMT on Saturday, police received a report of criminal damage to a green Rover Metro.
Det Con Pete Davies, from Leicestershire Police, has appealed for witnesses who saw the crash or the car before to contact the force.
Wood Street was closed overnight while investigations were carried out, but has since reopened.