Road rage policeman disciplined after lorry driver complaint
A police officer has been disciplined after he was embroiled in a road rage incident with a lorry driver while off duty.
The officer was found by the Police Ombudsman to have made inappropriate use of the fact he was in the PSNI to further his grievance with the other driver.
The lorry driver lodged a complaint with the watchdog about the officer's behaviour in the wake of the incident.
He said the officer, who was driving his own car, pulled out from behind as he drove along an off-slip onto the motorway. The PSNI officer drove alongside his articulated lorry, flashed his lights and sounded his horn.
The lorry driver said the officer signalled for him to pull over. When he did not do so, he said the officer drove behind him for more than 10 miles.
When the lorry driver reached his destination, his manager informed him that a complaint had been made about his driving.
The following day, the officer visited the transport manager of the company that owned the lorry and asked for the driver's details, but was referred instead to the driver's employers.
Later that day, two phone calls were made to the driver's home phone number.
The Police Ombudsman investigator concluded that the officer, who mentioned the fact he was an off-duty officer during each of the calls, had breached the police code of ethics by making use of the fact he was a police officer to pursue a personal grievance.