Policeman fined for garden crash

A police officer has been fined £135 after he crashed a drink-drive suspect's Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution into a garden.

Pc Mark Colebrook, 30, had to move the high-performance vehicle so it could be towed away, but he ended up losing control of the vehicle, which careered into the gardens of two houses in Hale, Cheshire.

Pc Colebrook and another Greater Manchester Police officer, Pc Stuart Foy, both sustained minor injuries in the accident in the early hours of September 3, 2010.

They were both charged with aggravated vehicle taking after the accident at the junction of Hale Road and Rydal Drive.

The case was due to be committed to Crown Court last week, but magistrates in Rochdale heard that the pair had been given permission by a superior to move the car to a safe place.

As a result these charges were dropped.

Meanwhile, Mr Colebrook, from Widnes, admitted careless driving and no evidence was offered on the matter against Foy.

Colebrook was fined £135, given four penalty points and ordered to pay £200 court costs.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: "The two officers concerned remain on restricted duties pending the outcome of an assessment by the GMP Professional Standards Branch that will determine whether or not they face internal disciplinary action."

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