Man dies in police custody after crashing car through fence in Melbourne’s north

A man has died while being restrained by police after crashing a car through a fence in Melbourne’s north.

Victoria Police said it received reports a car had crashed through a fence and into the front yard of a premises on Murphy Street in Preston at about 4am Sunday.

“Upon arrival, police observed the man inside the vehicle behaving erratically before he got out of the vehicle and confronted police,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

“Officers attempted to restrain the agitated man before he appeared to become unresponsive.

“Attending officers immediately called for medical assistance and performed CPR on the man, however, he couldn’t be revived.”

The Homicide Squad will investigate the death and are still looking into the circumstances.

The Professional Standards Command will oversee the investigation, in line with protocol when a person dies in police custody.

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