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Surrey police officer admits careless driving

A Surrey police officer is to be the subject of a misconduct inquiry after pleading guilty to driving a force van without due care and attention.

PC Andrew Crabb, 46, was driving an unmarked police van when it crashed with a Ford Fiesta on the A29 near Horsham, Sussex on 28 June last year.

The Fiesta driver, a 35-year-old woman, had to be airlifted to hospital with life-changing injuries.

PC Crabb was fined £375 and given five points on his licence.

He was also ordered to pay £500 court costs.

He initially denied the charge when he appeared before magistrates on 29 January but changed his plea on Monday at Horsham Magistrates Court.

Braked before impact

Surrey Police said it was now considering misconduct matters in relation to PC Crabb's actions along with the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The IPCC managed the investigation into the collision, which was carried out by Sussex Police.

It found PC Crabb was doing 67mph on the A29 shortly prior to the crash at Warnham and braked to slow to about 44-46mph at the point of impact.

A 50mph limit applied to the police Ford Transit on the single carriageway road.

"Sadly the consequences of this collision have been extremely serious for a young woman and her family," said IPCC spokeswoman Jennifer Izekor.

"Police officers, like all other road users, must drive with care and attention at all times, and adapt their driving to suit the road conditions and speed limits."

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