A 22-year-old man was found drowned in Poitiers on the night of Sunday 24 to Monday 25 September after trying to escape the police at the wheel of a stolen car. The facts occurred during a control conducted by the Anti-Crime Brigade (BAC), from which the driver of this vehicle reported stolen evaded, told AFP two police sources, confirming information from the site Actu17.
The motorist backed up, hitting a scooter that was behind him at a red light, before fleeing. The driver of the scooter was slightly injured, according to a police source. The fleeing vehicle was then found stationary on the banks of the Clain, the river that crosses Poitiers, where the police proceeded to arrest the three passengers, a 24-year-old man and two 22-year-old women.
"Resuscitation by the SAMU remained in vain"
These police officers then heard splashing noises "that could correspond to the progress of another person in the river," according to the prosecutor's office, and alerted the rescue. "The fire divers who were dispatched to the scene found an inanimate body a few tens of minutes later. The resuscitation (of the driver, Editor's note) by the SAMU remained in vain, "said in a statement the prosecutor of the Republic in Poitiers, Cyril Lacombe.
An investigation was opened for "research of the causes of death" of this young man aged 22 and residing in Poitiers. The investigations were entrusted to the police of the Departmental Security of Vienne and an autopsy will take place Thursday, said the prosecutor. In addition, the three passengers were placed in custody as part of an investigation opened for receiving a stolen vehicle, refusal to comply and hit-and-run, entrusted to the police station of Poitiers.