UPDATE: Questions around East fiery crash

The burning car in the east of Pretoria. Photo: supplied.

Controversy follows the death of a motorist in a fiery blaze in Waterkloof on Monday morning.

The police have confirmed that a man died after he got trapped in his car when he hit a tree and his car caught alight.

It was unclear why but the man had earlier sped off when he was approached by the police in Crown Street.

Police spokesperson Captain Jan Sepato said his information was that as the car sped off, the passenger had jumped out and escaped on foot.

He said the driver fired shots at the police as they gave chase.

“The cluster police on a routine patrol identified a car parked on the side of the road in Waterkloof,” said Sepato.

“The officers decided to investigate and as they approached the vehicle, it reversed and fled.

“Shots were fired from the vehicle as it sped off.”

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He said during the chase, the driver lost control and crashed into a tree near Albert Street.

“The vehicle immediately caught fire.”

Sepato said the driver burnt to death and beyond recognition.

He said the police had also found a burnt out flat screen TV in the back of the car, believed to be stolen.

Asked if the dead man was involved in a robbery or house breaking earlier in the day, Sepato said there were suspicions but he would wait for the investigation to conclude before he could comment on that.

He said preliminary investigations indicated the car’s number plate had been cloned and that it belonged to a car rental company.

“Police are still investigating the circumstances that led to the men running from police.”

The man accomplice was still at large.

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High-Risk security spokesperson Arthur Crewe said his firm was involved in the chase and confirmed the driver did lose control of his vehicle.

Crewe said the caller who alerted his to the chase said that the police who approached men had been responding to a house robbery scene.

“That was all the information received and our officers reacted in assistance,” said Crewe.

Sepato said the man was killed around 10:00 on the corner of Albert and Crown streets.

Watch as the car goes up in flames:

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