Cop driver in dock over red light pile-up

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A POLICEMAN who crashed into two cars in Leigh after driving through red lights in pursuit of a driver not wearing a seatbelt was travelling at speeds of up to 73mph in a 30mph zone, a court heard.

PC Daniel Aimson, 31, who had received advanced driving training for his role as a traffic officer, was on trial at Preston Crown Court after denying dangerous driving. The crash left victims with injuries including a broken collar bone and a punctured bowel.

On November 27, 2011, PC Aimson noticed a driver not wearing a seatbelt while driving along Spinning Jenny Way and followed him towards Chapel Street. He pursued him through the lights, which had turned red, hitting a Ford Ka, which span and collided with a Citroen C3. The patrol car then collided with another Ka coming in the opposite direction, prosecutor Joe Boyd told the jury.

The patrol car’s internal data recorder showed the emergency lights were on but the siren off, that PC Aimson reached speeds of 73mph and that he began braking too late to prevent the crash, Mr Boyd said. He added: “His driving was fraught with danger. Mr Aimson was trying to stop the red car, but that does not prevent him from obeying the law of the land.”

In interview, Swinton-based PC Aimson said he believed the drivers at the junction had seen him coming. But Christine Ragab, who was driving the first Ka, said: “When the lights went to green I pulled out and looked to the right and saw some lights blinding me. And that was it.”

She said she recalled waking up and PC Aimson holding her hand. She and passenger Stephen Higson,had to be cut from the vehicle. Mr Higson, who is now unable to work as a window cleaner, was hospitalised with a ruptured bowel and broken collar bone, while Mrs Ragab suffered cuts, bruises, muscle damage to her leg and a damage to a disc in her back.