Police officer faces dangerous driving causing injury charge

ISOBEL EWING
Last updated 05:00 28/05/2014

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A police officer has been charged after a collision that wrote off a patrol car and a BMW in Stratford.

The officer will appear in New Plymouth District Court next week facing a charge of dangerous driving causing injury, Taranaki area commander Inspector Blair Telford said.

Telford would not comment further because the case was before the courts.

The patrol car was travelling along Pembroke Rd, a 50kmh area, about 11.30pm on Saturday, February 1.

The car is alleged to have gone through an intersection controlled by a stop sign and T-boned the 2008 Three Series BMW belonging to New Plymouth's Kristian Slack.

The police car did not have its lights and siren on.

The Serious Crash Unit assisted police from outside of Taranaki with the investigation.

Mr Slack was not available for comment yesterday.

According to information released to the Taranaki Daily News under the Official Information Act, police were to blame for 152 vehicle crashes out of 250 recorded in the central district between 2009 and 2013.

Repair costs for crashes involving patrol cars for the five year period came to $451,111.

Replacement costs totalled $258,690.

Central police district covers Taranaki across to Ruapehu, south to Otaki and across to the Tararua ranges in the east.

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- Taranaki Daily News

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