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Police inspector driving appeal case rejected

Tom Forrester
Image caption Ch Insp Tom Forrester was cleared after a trial last year

Judges have rejected a Crown appeal over the acquittal of the former head of road policing for Grampian on dangerous driving allegations.

Ch Insp Tom Forrester was cleared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court last year.

It was claimed he had encouraged a colleague to drive dangerously in an unmarked police car with the siren and lights activated.

The judges said they would give full reasons for their decision in writing at a later date.

The vehicle the officers were travelling in was involved in a collision on the way to Aberdeen Airport in November 2008.

The crash happened on the B977 Belhelvie to Dyce road in Aberdeenshire.

The trial heard how Ch Insp Forrester and another colleague, Insp James Wood, were running late for a flight to Birmingham to attend a conference.

Ch Insp Forrester was further charged with violating the trust and duty of the force by failing to report the incident.

But Sheriff Kenneth Stewart cleared him of both charges.

Pc Ashley Forbes was found guilty of careless driving and failing to stop, but was given an absolute discharge.

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