Shropshire

PC Mark Milton cleared of charges after 92mph crash

A police officer who was driving at speeds of up to 108mph moments before he crashed his patrol car in Shropshire has been cleared of dangerous driving.

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.

The patrol car was travelling at 92mph when it crashed into a traffic island in October 2011.

A jury at Worcester Crown Court unanimously cleared him of the charge.

No other vehicle was involved when the BMW patrol car suffered a shredded tyre and broken suspension strut on 26 October.

Mr Milton, an advanced police driver for 18 years, had earlier told the court there was "nothing to distinguish the island" by way of markings.

He guided the car to a safe stop and nobody was injured in the crash although the driver's airbag did deploy.

'Misconduct proceedings'

West Mercia Police is yet to decide if the officer will face disciplinary procedures.

A force spokesman said: "Charges are brought if the CPS decide that it is in the public interest and the evidence supports a realistic prospect of a conviction.

"It was right and proper that the evidence collated led to a criminal trial so the case could be tested before a jury.

"West Mercia Police will now consider misconduct proceedings in respect of PC Milton's alleged driving behaviour and this may lead to disciplinary action."

The West Mercia Police Federation has said the public interest will not be served by "initiating misconduct proceedings against the officer".

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