19/12/2007

Police Officers Face Dangerous Driving Charges

Two officers from Lancashire Police are facing charges of causing death by dangerous driving, following a crash in which an elderly man was killed.

Police Constable Sean Schofield, 38, and his colleague, Andrew Massingham, 41, will appear before Liverpool Magistrates on February 11 next year, charged in connection with the death of 67-year-old Peter Williams.

Mr Williams, of Bolton-le-Sands, was killed when his car collided with a marked police car on the B6254 between the villages of Arkholme and Over Kellet, near Lancaster, in November 2006.

His wife, Jean, who was also in the car, suffered multiple fractures in the crash, while Pc Schofield suffered internal bruising and a third officer who was a passenger in his car suffered a broken leg. The other officer will not face criminal charges.

The police car which collided with Mr Williams' car was part of a two car convoy which was testing an electronic system for measuring vehicle speed.

Pc Messingham was driving the lead vehicle in the convoy.

The decision to charge the two officers followed an investigation into the incident by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

(KMcA)


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