PC Anthony Collins, 42, driving a marked patrol car, chased a stolen Ford Escort through Birmingham late one night last December. The West Midlands Police car collided with a Vauxhall Nova at a road junction in Oldbury, near Dudley. Neil Homer, from Oldbury, who was driving the Vauxhall, and PC Robert Dallow, 41, who was in the passenger seat of the police car, were both killed. PC Collins was treated in hospital for minor injuries and later discharged. The car thief escaped.
An investigation was carried out, overseen by the Police Complaints Authority, and was passed on to the Crown Prosecution Service.