A man has died following a serious crash involving a car and motorcycle on the A361 at Braunton in the early hours of this morning.
Emergency services were called to Exeter Road at the Tesco roundabout, just past Wrafton heading towards Braunton, at around 2.20am.
A man riding a BMW motorcycle was found injured at the scene and was quickly taken by land ambulance to North Devon District Hospital.
He was sadly pronounced dead by medical staff at around 8.30am.
He has not yet been formally identified but it has been confirmed he is a marine currently based at RMB Chivenor. He is thought to be in his early thirties and originally from the Plymouth area.
His next of kin have been informed.
Police confirmed the driver of a VW Bora was arrested, near to the incident, on suspicion of drink-driving after providing a positive breath test.
The man remains in police custody and is assisting officers with their enquiries. However, it is not yet clear if these two incidents are connected.
A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: “We’d like to hear from any witnesses who were in the vicinity of the collision and saw anything that may help police with their investigation.
"In particular we’d like to hear from or identify the driver of a light blue VW transporter type van, with side windows, that we understand was in the vicinity at around the time of the incident.”
The road remains closed between the Velator roundabout and the Williams Arms while collision investigators carry out work.
A diversion is in place using Velator Road and Wrafton Road, while HGV's should use the road between Ilfracombe and South Molton to access Woolacombe, Braunton and Ilfracombe.
Anyone with information relating to the incident is asked to call police on 101, quoting log number DCP-20120626-0057.