Police Officer Acquitted After Driving At 101mph In A 30mph Zone
A highly trained advanced police driving instructor was clocked driving at 101mph in a 30mph zone, a court has heard.
PC Brown from Norwich denied a total of 16 driving offences while driving an unmarked Police BMW X5 that PC Brown had been specially trained to operate at high speed.
Ipswich magistrates court heard how the advanced blue-light officer was driving the vehicle with its blue lights activated at the time of the alleged offences.
During the drive, he was clocked at 122mph – speeds which the officer would have been taught to drive at during intensive training that can last up to eight weeks.
PC Brown would also have had to undertake annual ‘check tests’ to make sure that his standard of driving met those required by the Association of Chief Police Officers.
PC Brown was cleared of the charges after he explained to the court that he was carrying out continuous professional development (CPD) which is a mandatory requirement for police officers who are trained to the same level as PC Brown.
The officer explained to the court that he was lawfully exempt from traffic laws because he was carrying out his mandatory CPD.
He said that he was “shocked” to have faced charges for driving in a manner that he is taught to by the police. He was not responding to an emergency call at the time of the alleged offences but had informed his colleagues about his intention to carry out some CPD training.
The court was told that there was no national or local policy about how CPD should be carried out.
Norfolk Police Federation welcomed his acquittal.
Chairman Andy Symonds said:
“He was perfectly entitled in law to use his exemptions because he was using CPD.
“There needs to be some clear expectations and guidance given to officers because there’s a risk another officer could find themselves prosecuted.
“Luckily and rightly, the right result was received.”
No details have been released concerning who had reported the police officer for his driving.