Regina v Collins: CACD 7 Mar 1997

The defendant, a Grade 1 advanced police driver, had driven very fast in pursuit of a stolen car. He crossed a junction at high speed and collided with another vehicle causing two deaths. He gave evidence that he believed that the police were controlling traffic at that junction and that it was safe for him to cross it at speed.
Held: His belief about the safety of what he was doing was irrelevant to the issue of guilt because the test under section 2A was an objective one.
[1997] EWCA Crim 657, [1997] RTR 439
Bailii
Road Traffic Act 1988 2A(1)
England and Wales
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CitedMilton v Crown Prosecution Service Admn 16-Mar-2007
The defendant appealed his conviction for dangerous driving, saying that his special skills as a trained police driver should have been allowed for. He had driven on a motorway at average speeds of 148mph.
Held: His appeal was allowed. The . .

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