Essex

Essex police officer faces dangerous driving charge

An Essex police officer is to face a charge of dangerous driving over a crash involving a marked police car.

PC Ian Thompson, 31, is due to appear before magistrates in Ipswich next month, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said.

A police car and a Hackney cab collided in Broadmayne, Basildon, shortly before midnight on 24 July 2011.

A 19-year-old special constable in the passenger seat of the police car is in a serious condition in hospital.

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