Police officer acquitted of road rage incident

24/06/2011

A police officer serving with the Metropolitan Police has been acquitted of a road rage incident after a trial at Bedford Magistrates’ Court which concluded yesterday, 23 June.

James Lachlan, who holds the rank of inspector at Colindale police station, London, had faced two charges of assault arising from an incident on 6 May last year on a garage forecourt in Dunstable. He was summonsed to attend court by police, on the advice of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

CPS District Crown Prosecutor, Lynn Gavins, speaking from the Bedford office, confirmed afterwards: 'The CPS reviewed the file on Mr Lachlan and was right to bring about this prosecution, as we believed there was sufficient evidence to secure a conviction and it was in the public interest to prosecute this alleged crime.

'The driving public have a right to go about their everyday business on the roads without fear of reprisal or intimidation and the police and CPS will continue to robustly investigate and prosecute those involved in alleged road rage offences.'

'However, having heard from both the Prosecution and Defence, the members of the Bench have decided to acquit Mr Lachlan and we respect their decision.'