Man ‘dies in police custody’ in Melbourne

Victoria Police are investigating the death of a man after he was restrained following a car crash. -AAP Image

A man has died after being detained by police after crashing his car into the front yard of a house in Melbourne’s north.

Officers went to the home in Preston after being told a car had gone through a fence and into the yard at about 4am on Sunday.

The man appeared to be having erratically before he got out of the car and confronted police.

“Officers attempted to restrain the agitated man before he appeared to become unresponsive,” Victoria Police said in a statement.

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

The death is now under investigation by detectives from the Homicide Squad.

The Professional Standards Command is also involved in line with standard practice “when a person dies in police custody”, police said.

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