Lowestoft special constable in court over road crash
Christine CunninghamA Lowestoft special police officer is alleged to have been so determined not to let a drink driver escape justice that he caused him to crash, after breaching regulations, and blocking the road with his police car,a court heard yesterday.Christine Cunningham
A Lowestoft special police officer is alleged to have been so determined not to let a drink driver escape justice that he caused him to crash, after breaching regulations, and blocking the road with his police car,a court heard yesterday.
Despite not being allowed to take part in pursuits, special sergeant Mykal Trim, 38, is alleged to have told his inspector, Paul Booker, who was a passenger in his car, that he was not going to let the driver get away and despite protests, is said to have swung the police car across the road on Tom Crisp Way, Lowestoft,
Norwich Crown Court heard that drunken motorist Christopher Standen, who was twice over the legal drink drive limit, then collided with the passenger side of the police car injuring Insp Brooker and Trim. Mr Standen and his brother, who was a passenger in his car, also suffered injuries.
Trim, who is based and lives in Lowestoft, has denied dangerous driving on February 14, last year.
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He claims that he was trying to a three point turn in the road when the crash occurred.
In his opening to the jury, Jonathan Seely, prosecuting, said that as a special officer Trim was not allowed to take part in pursuits or stop vehicles, and was only permitted to help with 'visual tracking' of any suspect car,
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He said the prosecution case was that Trim had tried to block the road to halt the drunk driver: 'He was not in fact trying to do a three-point turn but was infact seeking to block the road with the consequences you have heard about. Even if he was not trying to block the road, performing such a turn in the middle of the road in these circumstances was in itself dangerous.'
He said the jury would hear from his colleague, Insp Booker how he had tried to urge Trim not to perform the manoeuvre as he was not permitted to do anything other than visual tracking and he claimed Trim had said the driver 'Ain't going to get away.'
'You will hear he did not deploy his siren or blue lights.'
He said the jury would also hear from Mr Standen, who would give evidence against Trim.
'Obviously his behaviour on that night was wholly improper but he is not on trial in this case as he has already been dealt with.'
The trial continues.