Belfast Telegraph

Two police officers rapped over road crash failings

By Cate McCurry

Two police officers have been disciplined after one failed to investigate a road collision.

The officer told the Police Ombudsman's Office she did not realise there had been a crash.

She claimed a biker had lost control and fallen off while braking to avoid another vehicle in an accident in Coleraine last year.

The motorcyclist complained police had failed to record it as a collision, had been sarcastic towards him, had failed to take breath tests from both parties and had failed to contact him.

When interviewed, the investigating officer said she had not been informed the two vehicles had collided, and she therefore believed it was a matter for the motorists' insurance companies.

She accepted that while she had taken a breath test from the driver, she had not done so from the motorcyclist as she had not considered it necessary. She also claimed she had not spoken to him because he was being treated when she visited the hospital.

A statement was also obtained from the van driver, who said he was aware there had been a collision and believed police at the scene had been told. Another officer confirmed he had been told at the scene there was a collision.

The Police Ombudsman recommended that the officer should be disciplined, and the PSNI has implemented the recommendation.

The officer's supervisor was also disciplined after the investigation found some comments he had made in a meeting with the biker were not clear or accurate.

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