Tayside and Central Scotland

Tayside Police officer denies crashing into couple

A police officer is to stand trial accused of crashing his car into two pedestrians after speeding out of a busy city centre junction.

PC Scott Kerr was off duty at the time he is alleged to have injured Roderick and Shirley Emslie in the crash on Dundee's Riverside Drive in July 2011.

He is accused of driving his Audi A3 Quattro without due care and attention for other road users.

The 40-year-old Tayside Police officer denies a charge of careless driving.

Prosecutors said he accelerated away at speed from a set of traffic lights in Earl Gray Place and failed to observe Mr and Mrs Emslie crossing at a set of lights less than 100 yards away.

It is alleged he then collided with the couple, knocking them to the ground to their injury.

Defence solicitor Kevin Hampton said he and his client, from Dundee, were ready to go to trial. Sheriff Tom Hughes continued the case for trial next month.

A spokeswoman for Tayside Police said: "We can confirm that a 40-year-old Tayside Police officer was charged in relation to a road traffic offence and a report was submitted to the procurator fiscal.

"The officer was off duty at the time of the alleged offence. At this stage of proceedings it would be inappropriate to comment further."

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