Three off-duty police officers convicted of dangerous driving in Chichester Brighton News

THREE off-duty police officers have been convicted of dangerous driving following a collision.

The three men were riding their motorcycles south towards Chichester on Saturday July 11, 2020 when two of them were involved in a collision with a red Ford Fiesta.

The driver of the car, an 80-year-old man and his passenger were slightly injured, the three motorcyclists were also injured.

Alan Harris and James Latter, both 32 and based in Lewes, and Ahmet Yapicioz, 55 and based in Gatwick, have been charged with dangerous driving.

Yapicioz and Harris were also summoned for driving over 60 miles per hour.

All three pleaded guilty to the offenses when they appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court on Monday March 7, 2022.

In the same court yesterday, Friday the 8th, all three were sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, and an 18-month driving ban with an extended retest required.

They were also ordered to perform 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £500 in costs and a victim surcharge.

Superintendent James Collis, Roads Policing Officer, said: “Sussex Police are working hard to keep people safe on our roads and the reckless actions of these three people have caused harm to themselves and to others.

“They have rightly been held accountable for their behavior and we will continue to take action against anyone who breaks the law and endangers the lives of others.

“These officers have failed to maintain the high standards Sussex Police expect of all officers, on and off duty, and an internal investigation into the misconduct will now be complete.

“The results in court today should serve as a warning to those who drive or ride with excessive speed or in an antisocial manner, that this carries serious consequences for everyone involved.”

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This notice was published: 2022-04-09 09:18:29

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