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Speeding officer causes crash in Counties/Manukau

11 February 2019

At the beginning of 2018, an officer was travelling under lights and sirens in a posted 50km/hr zone, responding to a report of a burglary in the Counties/Manukau District.

As he approached the address, he turned off the lights and sirens, but continue driving at speed. Due to his excessive speed, he was unable to navigate around another vehicle which was waiting to turn right. He crashed into the other vehicle, causing significant injuries to the driver. Data taken from the Police vehicle showed the officer was travelling at 110km/hr five seconds before the crash, 119km/hr 3.5 seconds before the crash and 69km/hr 0.5 seconds before the crash.

Police deemed the officer was posing an unjustified risk, and he was charged with dangerous driving causing injury. The Court discharged him without conviction after he and the victim had participated in a restorative justice process.

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