Man dies after failing to stop for police

Major Collision Investigation Unit (MCIU) detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man after he failed to stop for police and crashed in Rowville this morning.

It is understood the motorist was first spotted by police at Stud Road about 3.30am.

Police attempted to intercept the driver after it was identified the car was of interest to police in relation to an outstanding matter.

The driver sped off from police and failed to stop shortly before officers were able to deploy stop sticks on Stud Road near the intersection of Brady Road.

Police lost sight of the vehicle before officers, who were attempting to locate the vehicle and travelling south on Stud Road, saw a flash in the distance.

The car was found crashed into a tree and on fire.

Responding police pulled the driver from the burning vehicle and provided first aid.

The male driver, who hasn’t been formally identified, died at the scene.

The roads surrounding the crash have been cordoned off while detectives from MCIU process the scene.

As the death occurred following contact with police, as is standard procedure, Professional Standards Command attended the scene and will have oversight of the investigation.

A report will also be prepared for consideration of the Coroner.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who may have dash cam footage, is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

For the current provisional lives lost tally please see https://www.police.vic.gov.au/news

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