Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Police officer cleared over Doncaster death crash

Pc David Allen
Image caption The court heard Mr Allen had activated the car's flashing lights, but no sirens were sounded

A police officer who hit a pedestrian in his patrol car has been cleared of causing death by dangerous driving.

Ian Hambrey died after he was hit by Pc David Allen's car on Doncaster Road, Denaby Main, near Doncaster, last year.

Leeds Crown Court heard the 35-year-old officer was driving at speeds of up to 75mph in a 30mph zone moments before he struck Mr Hambrey, 49.

Mr Allen, who was responding to a 999 call at the time of the crash, was cleared after a three-day trial.

He was also cleared of an alternative charge of causing death by careless and inconsiderate driving.

The trial heard Mr Hambrey was returning home from a night out when he was hit by the patrol car.

The court heard the force of the impact scattered some of his possessions across the carriageway, including his phone and a training shoe.

The police car came to a stop as it hit a lamppost.

'Too fast'

The jury was told Mr Allen, who gave his address to the court as South Yorkshire Police Operations Complex in Tinsley, Sheffield, had activated the car's flashing lights, but no sirens were being sounded.

The prosecution claimed the officer was driving too fast and "gave himself no chance to take avoiding action".

In a statement issued by his solicitors after the trial Mr Allen, who still works for South Yorkshire Police, expressed his condolences to Mr Hambrey's family and friends.

He thanked his own colleagues, family and friends for their support since the "very difficult time" since the crash and said he was relieved that he had been cleared of all the charges against him.

The statement added: "At the time of this incident, Constable Allen was acting in accordance with his police duties in answering an emergency call as the public expect.

"He has always maintained his driving was not dangerous or careless and the jury verdict today confirms that to be the case."

South Yorkshire Police said it would work with the Independent Police Complaints Commission to "ensure that we take appropriate action to reduce the likelihood of any similar incidents occurring".

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