A police officer has received a written warning after he crashed into a man who was trying to evade him.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) investigated a Metropolitan police officer for five months after a high speed chase left a man seriously injured in Golders Green.

On the evening of August 21 2018, an officer indicated for the driver of a Vauxhall Astra in Finchley Road to stop.

The Vauxhall driver ignored the police officer and a pursuit began.

The IOPC says evidence it gathered during its investigation showed the pursuit lasted around 45 seconds, with the officer reaching speeds of 97 miles per hour and appearing to drive through a red light.

The pursuit came to an end when the Vauxhall driver attempted to turn into Hoop Lane but he crashed into a fence.

The fleeing driver left his vehicle but was struck by the police officer's vehicle as he too turned into Hoop Lane.

The man suffered serious injuries.

During the IOPC's investigation, which came to an end in January 2019, investigators interviewed the police officer, a passenger in the police car, and the injured driver.

Statements were also taken from other officers and members of the public at the scene.

They also obtained CCTV footage as well as a collision investigation report.

A file of evidence was passed to the Crown Prosecution Service which decided not to bring any criminal charges.

The man initiated a victim right of review and the decision was also not to bring any criminal charges.

But the Met agreed with the IOPC's findings that the police officer "failed to adhere to policies and procedures prior to a road traffic collision".

A disciplinary hearing took place and the officer admitted gross misconduct, as part of his official Regulation 22 response, that his behaviour "fell short of the standards expected" in relation to his duties and responsibilities, concerning his failure to consider the national decision model adequately and adhere to the MPS driving and pursuit policies when assessing the risk whilst in pursuit of a vehicle.

The IOPC confirmed this month the officer received a written warning.