Were police pursuing stolen car when it crashed?
A POLICE officer was involved in the circumstances surrounding a collision on Tuesday afternoon.
But police have declined to comment specifically on what their actions involved.
The Bangalow Rd, Bexhill incident, which is the subject of a critical incident investigation, saw two people injured.
Emergency services were called to Bangalow Rd at Bexhill about 12.20pm on Tuesday.
Police confirmed in a statement officers in a marked police car had "sighted a Subaru station wagon, believed to have been stolen, travelling west shortly before the station wagon collided with a Volkswagen Golf sedan".
The Subaru was being driven by a 17-year-old boy, who remains in the Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious but stable condition.
A NSW Police Force spokesperson declined to clarify whether that police vehicle engaged further with the Subaru.
"The circumstances surrounding the crash will all be investigated as part of the critical incident so we cannot provide any further comment at this time," they said.
The driver of the other vehicle, a 73-year-old man, was taken to Lismore Base Hospital with minor injuries.
A critical incident team from the Tweed Byron Police District will investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.
According to the NSW Police Force's critical incident guidelines, such incidents are those which involve a police officer and result in a person sustaining serious injury or death.
"Incidents of this nature are understandably subject to heightened levels of public interest and scrutiny," the guideline states.
"These incidents are deemed to be critical incidents by the NSW Police Force."
Critical incident investigations are conducted independently to ensure:
- Any "wrongful conduct" by NSW Police Force members is "identified and dealt with"
- Consideration is given to "improvements" to policies or guidelines to "avoid recurrences in the future"
- Issues relating to the welfare of officers associated with the incident are "considered and addressed".
A similar investigation was required after the death of Scott Bowden, 51, who died after his motorcycle collided with a stray cow on the night of May 17, 2016.
A coronial inquest found two police officers from Casino, who were trying to keep rogue cattle off the road at the time, did everything they could to prevent the incident.