Belfast Telegraph

Careless driving caution for officer

By Cate McCurry

A policeman who forced a car onto the footpath after pulling his vehicle in front of it has been convicted of careless driving.

The officer, who was driving a Land Rover at the time, was cautioned after the near-miss in west Belfast.

The case followed a Police Ombudsman investigation into a complaint from a driver who said he had been forced to move onto a footpath when a police vehicle pulled in front of him at a filter lane in May 2014.

The man said his car ended up with two wheels on the pavement, and he alleged that the policeman was rude and aggressive following the incident on the Andersonstown Road.

The police driver was identified by an Ombudsman investigator and subsequently interviewed under caution.

The policeman claimed that he had indicated to turn left and had moved into a space when the car in front moved off.

He said the complainant had accelerated towards the same space, forcing him to pull to the right to avoid a collision.

The investigator established that the incident had not been captured on CCTV but identified five witnesses to what had happened.

Three witnesses supported the civilian driver's account. The other two had no concerns about how the police vehicle was driven.

The Public Prosecution Service directed that the policeman should be prosecuted for driving without due care and attention.

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