Gloucestershire PC banned after police crash injured biker

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Disciplinary action could be taken against a police officer who was involved in a crash which seriously injured a motorcyclist.

PC Ruaidhri Stewart was on a 999 call on 22 March last year when he drove through a red light and collided with Nicholas Austin in Cheltenham.

He was banned from driving for six months by North Avon Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

Gloucestershire Police said it was considering what action to take.

The Crown Prosecution Service brought the case against PC Stewart after an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Officer suspended

IPCC Commissioner Naseem Malik said: "The court found PC Stewart guilty and he was fined £2,771 and six penalty points.

"This means that he has been disqualified from driving for six months."

The crash happened when Mr Austin was travelling along the A40, Lansdown Road.

He crossed a set of traffic lights on his motorcycle at the crossroads with Talbot Road and Christchurch Road at about 19.00 GMT, just as PC Stewart was driving through a red light.

Gloucestershire Police said: "The force respects the decision of the court and our thoughts are with the man seriously injured in the incident.

"As a result of the court's finding we will now consider whether internal disciplinary action is required.

"The officer concerned will remain suspended from driving and will be required to undergo assessment by the Driver Training Unit before returning to normal duties."

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