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Ex-Avon and Somerset policeman jailed for speeding lies

Jason Butler
Image caption Butler resigned from Avon and Somerset Police on 31 January 2011

A former police officer has been jailed for six months for falsifying documents to avoid speeding fines.

Jason Butler, 45, was a detective constable with Avon and Somerset Police at the time he committed the offences, Plymouth Crown Court was told.

Butler, of Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, claimed someone else owned and was driving a VW Sharan caught on speed cameras in 2008 and 09.

He admitted two counts of perverting the course of justice last month.

Sentencing Butler to three months in jail on each count, Judge Francis Gilbert QC said the case was a tragedy for him, his family and former colleagues.

The court had heard that Butler told authorities a Walter Earl, who lived in Los Angeles, had been driving on two occasions when Butler had been caught speeding.

Deterrent sentence

The first time was on the A35 in Poole, Dorset, in 2008, when the car Butler was driving was caught doing 40mph in a 30mph zone.

The following year the policeman was photographed speeding on the A374 in Torpoint, Cornwall in 2009.

On both occasions he sent paperwork claiming Walter Earl was at the wheel.

The court was not given the reason why Butler chose to use that name.

Judge Gilbert said he had to give an immediate prison sentence to act as a deterrent to others.

A police spokesman said Butler was no longer an officer.

The spokesman said: "Jason Butler offered his resignation to Avon and Somerset Constabulary on 31 January 2011 and this was accepted."

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