Humberside

Criticism of decision to prosecute Pc who drove on kerb

A lawyer has criticised the Crown Prosecution Service for prosecuting a police officer after he mounted the kerb as he responded to a 999 call.

Pc Neil Stovin, 40, was found not guilty at York Crown Court of dangerous driving and careless driving.

He was charged after he mounted the pavement while responding to a 999 call and reports that a 90-year-old woman had collapsed in Hull.

The officer's lawyer said the case was a waste of taxpayers' money.

The court was told as Pc Stovin sped to the scene in his marked police car on 10 July last year, his path was blocked by two abnormal loads and he mounted the pavement for a short distance.

A police supervisor, who was in charge of the escort of the abnormal loads, and who had not witnessed any driving by the officer, started an investigation which resulted in a prosecution by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Solicitor Damian Kelly said a complaint would be lodged with the CPS and the chief constable of Humberside Police.

Mr Kelly said: "This case was a shocking waste of taxpayers' money at a time when the police service is trying to save money.

"The police supervisor who pursued my client should hang his head in shame.

"The jury saw this case for what it is. Pc Stovin was at all times doing what the public expects of our brave police officers."

The lawyer said his client mounted the pavement in "a controlled and measured manner, after carrying out a risk assessment" before continuing on his way to deal with the emergency call.

No members of the public were injured or affected by his driving, he added.

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