A POLICE officer is under criminal investigation for causing death by dangerous driving following the death of a man. 

Sussex Police have confirmed that an officer is being investigated following the death of Arthur Holscher-Ermert in Peacehaven on Saturday, 30. 

Mr Holscher-Ermert was struck by a police car while being chased by other officers carrying out an operation in the area.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has confirmed today that Mr Holscher-Ermert was driving an Audi which was being pursued by another police car after it came to the attention of officers conducting the operation in the Newhaven and Peacehaven.

Police said the short chase ended in Bramber Avenue where Mr Holscher-Ermert left the Audi and was struck moments later by the second police vehicle which had not been involved in the pursuit.

Both officers and a member of the public immediately administered first-aid but the 27-year-old sadly died at the scene, the spokeswoman said. 

The spokeswoman added: "Today a Sussex Police Constable was formally notified by the IOPC that he is under criminal investigation for the offence of causing death by dangerous driving. The officer will also be investigated for potential gross misconduct."

They have not been on duty since the incident and will be placed on restricted duties that are not public-facing pending the outcome of the investigation. 

Police say that suspension under police regulations was considered.

Supt James Collis said: “This is a tragic incident and distressing for Mr Holscher-Ermet’s family and friends. Our thoughts remain with them at this difficult time.

“While there has been much speculation, it is vital that all of the facts of the case can be fully, fairly and objectively investigated by the IOPC. That is the purpose of an independent investigation.

“We are providing every assistance to the IOPC to allow for a thorough investigation and for the family to receive the answers they need. We would ask the public to allow for the investigation to take its course.”