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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 November, 2003, 14:14 GMT
Youth in court over road deaths
Wreckage from crash
Firefighters took an hour to cut Mr McQueen from the wreckage
A teenager has been remanded in custody charged with causing the deaths of two men killed in a head-on collision during a police pursuit.

The 16-year-old was charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving and two counts of taking a vehicle without consent in connection with the crash, which happened near Lichfield, in Staffordshire.

The youth, from Stechford, Birmingham, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared before Burton-on-Trent Youth Court on Wednesday.

He is accused of killing John McQueen, 20, from Treeton Croft, Stechford, and Martin Owen, 44, a taxi driver from Sutton Coldfield.

The teenager was arrested after the collision on the A5127 at Shenstone shortly before 0430 GMT on Monday.

The men who died were driving cars involved in the accident.

Mr Owen, a father-of-three from Sutton Coldfield, was driving his taxi.

The youth is further charged with one count of driving without insurance, one count of driving without a licence and one count of burglary.

The case has been adjourned until 19 November at the same court.

Staffordshire Police have referred the crash to the Police Complaints Authority (PCA).

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