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Arbroath crash PC 'misused police lights'

Police blue lights
Image caption PC Jones put the car's blue lights on before going through a red light

A police officer, who activated the blue lights of a marked car to give her colleague a lift, went through a red light and crashed into another vehicle.

Forfar Sheriff Court heard how Jennifer Jones, 28, was dropping a fellow PC back to his car in Arbroath so he could go to see his sick baby.

She admitted a charge of dangerous driving over the November 2014 crash.

PC Jones crashed into a car which was carrying Susan Clark, 45, and her 15-year-old daughter.

The officer's colleague, PC Charles Demore, had been called by his wife because their six-week-old baby had fallen ill at their home in Dundee.

The court heard how PC Jones switched on the car's blue lights and went through a red light just 500 yards (457m) from the station.

At that point Ms Clark was turning out of the Brothock Bridge junction and went straight in to PC Jones' path.

'I was concerned'

Ms Clark's Kia C'eed received £5,000 worth of damage and was written off. The police Ford Focus received £8,500 worth of damage.

PC Denmore told the court: "I felt like we were going above 30mph - from my experience of driving that road it felt we were in excess of that.

"I was concerned when we approached the light but assumed PC Jones was aware of the situation.

"I had been called by my wife and was aware she had been on the phone to NHS 24 about our child, who was screaming in the background and had been for some time.

"I was going to assist when the crash occurred."

He added: "After the collision I was taken by a colleague in another car back to my car, and they also had the blue lights on.

"I asked them to put them off as I'd already been in one incident that day and didn't want another."

Sheriff Gregor Murray deferred sentence until the next hearing in August.

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