Residents living on a major Lincoln road where a man died after falling ill on his way to custody said they believed the flashing lights they saw was due to a crash.
Police closed the A15 Riseholme Road between the Riseholme roundabout and Queen Elizabeth Road after an arrested 40-year-old man died as police transported him to custody.
The road was shut from the early hours of Wednesday, September 29 until about 11am.
Devon Chaffer, 25, of Aylesby Close, Ermine West, told Lincolnshire Live: “I was up playing a computer game when I saw blue and red lights, both flashing, and just assumed it was a car crash.
“It was a surprise to hear someone had died.
“Oh gosh – that’s not something you hear every day.”
An investigation into the incident has now been launch and it has been referred to the independent Office for Police Conduct.
Lincolnshire Police issued this statement about the incident: “We can confirm that a 40-year-old man has died following an arrest early this morning, September 29.
“The man, from Gainsborough, was arrested by officers on suspicion of a breach of the peace offence at around 1am.
“As he was being transported to a custody suite via police vehicle he was taken ill and officers stopped in the area of Riseholme Road to administer first aid.
“Our colleagues at the ambulance service attended but he died shortly afterwards.
“An investigation is ongoing to examine the exact circumstances of his death.
“The matter has automatically been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct, who have taken primacy for this incident.”
Lincolnshire Police’s control room also tweeted at 9.35am that one lane of the A46 between the Riseholme and Carholme roundabouts was closed due to a chemical leak.
They wrote: “We are on scene on the A46 between Riseholme and Carholme roundabout we have had to close one lane due a chemical leak as this has made the road surface dangerous. We are waiting for Lincolnshire County Council highways to assist.
“Please allow extra time if using this route.”
One Ermine West resident, who did not wish to be named, referring to the earlier incident in Riseholme Road, said: “I thought it was Christmas with all the lights they had.
“I didn’t think it was a chemical leak, going on how many police cars were there.”
Another resident, Patrick Crowley, 65, of Pine Close, said: “It’s hard luck that a man died.
“I feel sorry for his family.”