A high-response police driver ignored emergency calls while having sex at his lover's house, a court heard yesterday.
Tim Reid (41) of Widnes, Cheshire, was guilty of “complete foolishness” as he neglected his duties in favour of his desires, a judge said.
On one occasion the married father-of-one failed to respond to an incident in which a man was threatening to throw a petrol bomb.
The former officer with Cheshire Constabulary walked free from court yesterday after he received a nine-month jail term, suspended for 12 months.
Reid began the affair in March 2009 with Michelle Harper, two months after he was called to her address where a firearm was recovered and her boyfriend was arrested.
Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court heard the serving officer of 15 years felt sorry for her and so he went round with a TV and DVD player.
He then gave her his mobile phone number which led to him sending 216 flirtatious text messages to her while on duty over a two-month period.
Reid, of Beckenham Close, said he had sex with her on up to six occasions at her house while he parked his marked car outside.
Julian Hayhoe, prosecuting, said one text sent read: “I fancied you from the start. I cannot believe I have entered a naughty relationship with a witness but I do not regret a thing.”
The officer also discussed the ongoing proceedings of her boyfriend's arrest, criminals he dealt with and details of imminent arrests, the prosecutor said.
The relationship came to light when a neighbour reported to police that Reid's car had been parked nearby at regular intervals during the day.