PC Mark Milton 'crashed into island at 92mph'

A police officer was driving at speeds of up to 108mph moments before he crashed his patrol car in a Shropshire village, a court has heard.

PC Mark Milton, 46, from Pendrel Close in Market Drayton, said he was chasing a suspected stolen car on the A442 in Cold Hatton, which has a 40mph limit.

Worcester Crown Court heard the car was travelling at 92mph when it crashed into a traffic island in October 2011.

No other vehicle was involved in the crash. He denies dangerous driving.

The BMW patrol car suffered a shredded tyre and broken suspension strut when it struck the island on 26 October.

Nobody was injured in the crash although the driver's airbag did deploy, the court heard.

'Grossly excessive'

Prosecutor Pat Sullivan told the jury the car's data recorder showed that its average speed leading up to the crash was between 98mph and 99mph, and it had reached a maximum speed of 108mph.

Mr Sullivan told the court: "The Crown's case is that this is grossly excessive speeding - so grossly excessive that it amounts to dangerous driving."

Mr Sullivan said Mr Milton, who is based in Shrewsbury, contacted his supervisor by radio several minutes after the collision claiming to have hit a kerb.

A colleague attended the scene and after they examined the roadway, they realised the car had struck the island.

The court heard from Sgt Ed Bates, who received a call from Mr Milton on his radio to report substantial damage to the BMW.

He said he visited the "pitch black" scene and that Mr Milton said he had "clipped" a kerb after being dazzled by the headlights of an oncoming car.

His colleague seemed shocked and upset after the collision, he said.

The trial continues.

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