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Police officer who ran red light avoids driving ban

Forfar Sheriff Court
Image caption PC Jones told Forfar Sheriff Court she "should have been more cautious"

A constable who ran a red light in a marked police car and smashed into another vehicle has avoided a driving ban.

Jennifer Jones was driving a colleague who needed to attend to a family emergency back to his own vehicle when the collision happened.

Jones admitted a charge of dangerous driving over the crash, which occurred in Arbroath in November 2014.

She was fined £750 and had eight penalty points imposed on her licence.

Her solicitor argued that she would suffer exceptional hardship if she was disqualified from driving because her home life would suffer and she would no longer be able to work as a police response driver.

Forfar Sheriff Court was told that Jones's colleague, PC Charles Demore, had been called by his wife because their child had become ill at their home in Dundee.

Written off

PC Jones intended to drive PC Demore from Arbroath police station to Monifieth, where her colleague had parked his own car.

The court was told that PC Jones switched on the car's blue lights and ran a red light just 500 yards from the station.

At that point Susan Clark, 45, was turning out of the Brothock Bridge junction and went straight in to PC Jones' path.

The collision saw Ms Clark's Kia C'eed written off and the police Ford Focus sustain £8,500 worth of damage.

Giving evidence during a special reasons proof hearing against statutory disqualification, Jones said: "I assessed it and thought it was OK - I didn't see that car.

"I clearly missed the vehicle. I should have been more cautious."

Jones, 28, admitted a charge of dangerous driving committed on 24 November, 2014.

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