The driver of the police car that killed a man on the A259 at Peacehaven does not work Brighton News

THE driver of the unmarked police car which hit and killed a man on the A259 last month has not worked since the incident.

Arthur Holscher-Ermert died after being hit by the black BMW on Saturday April 30 near Bramber Avenue in Peacehaven.

The 27-year-old took part in a brief chase in an Audi before exiting and crossing the road where he was hit by the police car heading west.

Sussex Police confirmed the officer, a constable, had ‘not performed any duty’ since the incident after Mr Holscher-Emert’s family raised concerns.

The Argus: Arthur died at the scene of the A259 near Bramber AvenueArthur died at the scene of the A259 near Bramber Avenue

His older brother Karl, 30, criticized the force and wondered “what happens to this policeman who is still on duty”.

But the force have now met Karl yesterday to offer their ‘sincere condolences’ and assurances that they support the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) investigation.

Deputy Chief Constable Simon Dobinson has requested a private meeting with Karl Holscher-Ermert on Monday May 16.

The Argus: Karl Holscher-Ermert at the wake for his brother last weekKarl Holscher-Ermert at the vigil for his brother last week

ACC Dobinson said: “I wanted to meet Karl personally to offer my deepest condolences to him and his family on Arthur’s death and reassure them that we are doing everything we can to support the independent investigation.

“We continue to support the IOPC Fund, which is independent of the investigation and remains in contact with the family.

“The driver of the car is being investigated for death by dangerous driving and potential gross misconduct at this early stage of the investigation.

The Argus: On the left, tributes left at Bramber Avenue for Arthur Holscher-ErmertOn the left, tributes left at Bramber Avenue for Arthur Holscher-Ermert

“The officer has not performed any duties since the incident and is subject to restricted duties which are not being made public pending the outcome of the investigation.

“Suspension under police regulations has been considered and will be reviewed regularly in accordance with policy.

“While there has been much speculation, it is essential that all facts of the case can be fully, fairly and objectively investigated by the IOPC Fund.

The Argus: the black BMW removed from the sceneThe black BMW removed from the scene

“That is the purpose of an independent investigation.

“We are providing every assistance to the IOPC Fund to allow a thorough investigation and to ensure that the family receives the answers they need. We ask the public to allow the investigation to take its course.”

On May 12, a vigil was held at the site of Mr Holscher-Ermert’s death on what would have been his 28th birthday.

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This notice was published: 2022-05-17 10:55:34

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