A POLICE driver has been disciplined after the prisoner he was carrying reported him driving at speeds of up to 140mph.
The officer, from Durham Constabulary, was taking his passenger from Leeds to Darlington police station in a BMW police car. At one point in the journey, the prisoner asked him how fast it could go.
Instead of ignoring his question, the trained police driver proceeded to demonstrate. It’s not known what model the officer was driving but Durham Constabulary has BMW 330D, 530D, X3 and X5 models in its fleet, all capable of 140mph.
When the pair arrived at Darlington police station, the prisoner told the receiving officer how fast he had been driven. The police driver was immediately reported and removed from roads policing duties.
Superintendent Darren Ellis, head of professional standards and legal services at Durham Constabulary, said the force had taken the prisoner’s allegation “very seriously”.
“The officer has been handed a formal sanction under the police misconduct procedures and is subject to an action plan concerning risk management and decision making,” he said.