Norfolk Police officer cleared of misconduct after A146 crash

  • By Andrew Turner
  • BBC Information, Wymondham

Norfolk Police Headquarters

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The listening to at Norfolk Police headquarters was informed PC Karl Warren had seen his profession successfully finish

A police officer who was accused of failing to cease and report a street crash has been cleared of misconduct.

PC Karl Warren was driving a Norfolk Police BMW X5 patrol automobile on the A146 close to Lowestoft, Suffolk, when he shunted an Audi automobile in entrance.

Its driver, Emily Hewett, pulled over, anticipating him to alternate particulars.

PC Warren claimed he suffered a situation that brought about reminiscence loss and had no recollection of the incident.

Medical proof offered throughout the listening to confirmed he suffered from an epileptic dysfunction.

The collision occurred on the Barnby Bends in March 2022.

‘Been by means of hell’

PC Warren was not prosecuted for a motoring offence, however the power was informed by the Unbiased Workplace for Police Conduct to carry a misconduct listening to.

PC Ryan Hargrave, a passenger within the patrol automobile, has already confronted a disciplinary panel.

Colin Banham, representing PC Warren, mentioned: “The officer has been by means of hell. He is been by means of prognosis. He is now not carrying [firearms] and he is now not driving.

“His life has been massively affected. The publicity; the truth of the state of affairs.”

Character statements have been learn out to the listening to, throughout which PC Warren’s spouse turned emotional, as his dedication to public service was acknowledged.

Ms Hewett was additionally current on the listening to.

Norfolk Police and PC Warren’s defence accepted that his failure to cease and report the crash would often set off misconduct proceedings.

However they agreed that the case hinged on whether or not or not PC Warren was conscious of the incident and will recollect it.

Harry Eire, the chair of the panel, informed PC Warren that it accepted the proof and that the case was not proved.

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