Man dies after being 'tasered': Martin Baskeyfield was stopped by police in Burslem
POLICE are being investigated over the death of a 44-year-old man – three months after he was shot with a Taser gun.
Motorist Martin Baskeyfield was tasered in a Burslem street on September 29 after being stopped by police on suspicion of driving while disqualified.
But Mr Baskeyfield was admitted to hospital on October 4 and remained at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire until his death on Monday.
Now further medical tests are being carried out to see if there is a link between the Taser incident and Mr Baskeyfield's death.
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The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating the circumstances surrounding Mr Baskeyfield's arrest after his relatives lodged an official complaint against Staffordshire Police.
An IPCC spokesman said: "The IPCC is investigating the arrest of Martin Baskeyfield. During the arrest in Cotterill Grove, Burslem, he was tasered and taken to the Northern area custody facility, in Etruria.
"He was admitted to hospital on October 4 and on October 9, Staffordshire Police received a complaint from a relative of Mr Baskeyfield about the police use of force during the arrest and the force referred the incident to the IPCC.
"The IPCC determined that an independent investigation should commence into the incident. That investigation continues into the full circumstances of the arrest.
"Sadly, Mr Baskeyfield passed away in hospital on January 14.
"A Home Office post-mortem examination is being conducted to determine the cause of death and the coroner has been informed."
Mr Baskeyfield, of Scotia Road, Tunstall, was charged with dangerous driving, disqualified driving, driving with no insurance, failing to stop for police and possessing cannabis following his arrest. The charges were withdrawn at North Staffordshire Justice Centre on Tuesday.
An initial post-mortem examination was carried out on Wednesday and an inquest is expected to be opened later this month.
Mr Baskeyfield's relatives today declined to comment on the investigation.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman added: ""Following police contact with Mr Baskeyfield on September 29 in Stoke-on-Trent, we received a complaint from a member of his family.
"As a result we referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission and are fully co-operating with their independent investigation."