A POLICE officer had "nowhere else to go" when his patrol car ran over the body of a teenager who had been flung from a car that crashed while being pursued, an inquest jury heard.

Matthew Seddon's body was seen to fly out of the red Ford Fiesta he was driving after hitting the central reservation and rolling down the road.

The 19-year-old father-to-be had led police on a high speed four-minute pursuit around the town after he sped away from an officer while waiting at traffic lights - ending with the fatal crash on the northbound A33.

Thames Valley Police Constable Daniel Ruffle said in a statement during the inquest being heard at Reading Town Hall, that he had been forced into swerving through a "chicane" of two police cars and Matt's car before hitting his body lying in the road.

His passenger PC Thomas Connelly, on one of his first shifts as a traffic officer, described the moments before the crash in another statement read out by Berkshire Coroner Peter Bedford: "I could suddenly see the vehicle in front of us and then another vehicle straight in front of me.

"There was nowhere at all for us to go."

On the in-car recordings in the moments after the crash the driver was heard saying: "Mate, I hit him, I ran over him," as colleagues soothed the shocked and hyper ventilating officer telling him there was nothing he could have done.

The inquest heard how the red Ford Fiesta was flagged up as belonging to a "person of interest" when Sergeant Alex Poole called in the car's registration number while stopped at traffic lights in Coley Avenue on February 11, 2013.

Matt was not the person police were expecting to be in the car however, he was just one offence away from potential prosecution because of totted up points on his provisional driving licence, the jury was told.

He then pulled away and drove above the 30 mph limit along Tilehurst Road, Southcote Lane and Berkeley Avenue before turning into Rose Kiln Lane and the A33.

Sgt Poole continued to pursue Matt on the A33 before the teenager drover around a roundabout and back towards town.

Detective constable Sukhveer Sokhi described witnessing the crash in his rear-view mirror after coming to a rolling stop in the inside lane as Matt and Sgt Poole's cars sped towards the town centre at over 80mph.

He said: "As soon as the vehicle hit the barrier it flew up and began to roll across the road in my direction.

"It rolled past my vehicle and diverted to the left. I saw a body fall out of the vehicle as it rolled past."

Det Cons Sokhi said he had been waiting at that place on the road so as to be in an "ideal position" to assist officers.

Kirsten Sjovoll, representing the Seddon family, said: "Is it not right that you are creating an obstacle that is a danger to the driver behind you?"

Det Cons Sokhi replied: "Yes to the obstacle, no to the danger."

A total of 15 witnesses and 21 written statements as well as a video reconstruction of the moments leading up to the collision are set to be presented to the jury over the next three weeks.

Matt's mother, Julie Seddon, described her son in a statement as a "cheeky chap" who was full of life.

She said: "He was intelligent and an inspiration to his friends for his attitude to life and went out of his way to help anyone in need."

The inquest into the death of Matt, of Wensley Court, Coley, continues.