Belfast Telegraph

Driver faced traffic breach prosecution after officer forgot penalty notices

A motorist who drove the wrong way down a one-way street was recommended for prosecution because a police officer had forgotten his fixed penalty notices, the Police Ombudsman's Office has found.

The officer told the driver that, as he did not have any notices, he would be referring the case for prosecution instead.

At one stage he had considered charging the motorist with dangerous driving, before recommending a charge of breaching a traffic sign after consulting his supervisor, investigators found.

The Public Prosecution Service initially directed that the driver should be prosecuted, but later withdrew the charge and issued a caution instead.

In a letter to the complainant, the Police Ombudsman investigator wrote: "This Office concluded that it was unfair that you were not afforded the opportunity to have this matter dealt with by early disposal and were instead reported for prosecution due to the officer's error in not having fixed penalty notices."

The Ombudsman investigator recommended that the officer should be disciplined and this has since been done by the PSNI.

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