Police officer sentenced for dangerous driving

19/02/2010

A 26 year-old serving police officer has today been sentenced at Aylesbury Crown Court to a Community Order of 225 hours unpaid work for dangerous driving. He was also disqualified from driving for a period of 18 months.

PC Phillip Walden, a serving police officer with Thames Valley Police, whilst on duty was driving along New Lane Hill in Reading some 30 miles per hour above the legal speed limit when he lost control of his car and crashed into the garden of a residential property.  He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at Aylesbury Crown Court on 22 January.

CPS Buckinghamshire District Crown Prosecutor Rebecca Mundy said, "The CPS was right to prosecute this case given the excessively high speed at which PC Walden was travelling through a residential area of Reading with no legitimate reason for doing so.  He gave no credible explanation for driving as he did when questioned by police.

"Given the extent of the damage caused to the car, it is extremely fortunate that no-one was more seriously injured.  As it was, his passenger, also a serving police officer, sustained minor injuries from the incident.  PC Walden's driving fell far below the standard required by law and put himself, and others, at risk.  Today's sentence reflects our view that this was completely unacceptable."