Tayside and Central Scotland

Police officer denies dangerous driving charge

Police car
Image caption The officer is accused of speeding in one of the force's traffic cars

A police officer alleged to have driven at more than 120mph while responding to a 999 call is to stand trial accused of dangerous driving.

PC Jacob Marshall, of Central Scotland Police, is accused of colliding with another vehicle as he overtook it on the M9.

The incident is said to have taken place near Junction 8 on 29 August 2010.

The 31-year-old, who was not in court, denies the dangerous driving charge.

Oil spillage

Falkirk Sheriff Court heard that PC Marshall, who is based at Stirling, was accused of driving a Volvo estate traffic car at speeds in excess of 120mph while travelling on the eastbound carriageway.

Defence lawyer David O'Hagan confirmed that Marshall was a serving police officer.

Mr O'Hagan said the traffic incident had "occurred while he was on duty". He added that the officer had been "attending an emergency."

It is understood police had been called to deal with a serious oil spillage on the motorway.

The lawyer said that the accused was keen for the case to be resolved.

He said: "This is a matter of some angst to him."

Sheriff Peter Paterson continued the case for trial on 28 October, with a pre-trial hearing on 17 October.

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