Policeman faked speeding documents

An ex-policeman is facing jail after pleading guilty to falsifying documents to swerve speeding fines.

At the time of the offences, Jason Butler was a detective constable with Avon and Somerset Police, and claimed someone else owned and was behind the wheel of the Volkswagen Sharan which was clocked by speed cameras.

He told safety authorities that Walter Earl, who lived in Los Angeles, California, was driving on both occasions when the P-reg people carrier was spotted by static cameras in Dorset in 2008 and Cornwall in 2009.

He admitted two counts of perverting the course of justice at Plymouth Crown Court.

Judge Paul Darlow told him: "You must understand that the court will very seriously consider a custodial sentence in a case such as this."

Butler, 45, of Wotton-under-Edge in Gloucestershire, was caught on the A35 in Poole, Dorset, on May 24 2008, doing 40mph in a 30mph zone.

On August 11 2009 he was caught speeding on the A374 in Torpoint, Cornwall.

Both times he sent documentation showing that he was not behind the wheel and blaming the man living in the United States.

The court was not told his reason for doing so.

Copyright © Press Association 2011