No prosecution over boy hit by police car in Stoke
A police officer who hit a boy while driving to an emergency will not be prosecuted, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has said.
The accident happened on Thornley Road in Stanfields, Stoke-on-Trent, at about 19:30 GMT on 10 January. The boy suffered minor injuries.
The car was driven over the 30mph limit although the headlights and blue lights were flashing and the siren was on.
The CPS said the driver "did all that was possible" to prevent the accident.'On-board computer'
In a statement, Martin Lindop, from West Midlands CPS, said: "Having had an opportunity to consider all of the evidence that was made available to me, which included statements from all the witnesses and expert evidence, I am satisfied that, although the police car was travelling at a speed in excess of the 30mph limit for Thornley Road, the driver was using the car's siren, blue flashing lights and flashing headlights.
"This has been confirmed by the car's on-board computer system.
"This also shows when the driver used the brakes and I am satisfied that the driver did all that was possible to avoid the collision.
"Therefore, I have decided that there is insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction for any criminal offence."