Investigation underway following death in Levin

Thursday 9 February 2012, 1:41PM
By New Zealand Police


An investigation is underway after a man collapsed and died as he was about to be arrested in Levin.

Police were called to an address in Bristol Street, Levin at approximately 6.30pm yesterday (Wednesday, 8 February) to a report of disorderly behaviour.

After speaking to the complainant two officers attended a nearby address to speak to the alleged offender. They spoke to a man in his 60s after which a decision was made to arrest him. The officers advised the man he was going to be arrested at which point he collapsed.

The officers called for an ambulance and placed the man into the recovery position but his condition deteriorated and attempts by ambulance staff at the scene to revive him were unsuccessful.

The matter has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Authority which it is standard practice when a person dies immediately following any form of contact with the Police.

A post mortem will be carried out to establish the cause of his death.

The man will not be named until next of kin have been notified.

Media enquiries should be referred to Communications Manager Kim Perks on 027 234 8256.