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Hungry cop career on the line after crashing while racing home on blue lights for his tea

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A Hungry cop has placed his career on the line after crashing while racing home on blue lights to eat his tea.

Police Constable John Byrne had activated the blue lights within an unmarked car after his wife sent him a picture of his tea.

Claiming he was ‘tired and hungry’ Constable Byrne driving through red lights as he sped through the busy south Liverpool.

He claimed he had not eaten all day and faced an extra 2 hours of paperwork on top of his already 12 hours completed on shift.

The officer crashed the unmarked police car on Allerton Road at 8pm on November 2nd 2019.

He will now face a disciplinary hearing which will be held on Tuesday where he could be dismissed.

Having appeared at Manchester Crown Court last month.

During that case, Prosecutor James Preece told the courtroom that Byrne was working with a colleague, PC May when the car had crashed.

Both officers had left St Anne Street Police Station custody suite after they had processed an arrest.

When the police car was travelling along Menlove Avenue PC Bryne activated the blue lights ‘without having proper reason todo so’.

PC May who was said in the passenger seat claims she challenged PC Byrne about the driver about using blue lights but before long with the emergency lights still activated the car has crashed.

Within the statement, PC May said the car had reached a speed of 80mph in a 40mph zone and been driven through a red light.

Suddenly PC Byrne slammed on the breaks and could not stop the crash from happening, both cars in the incident suffered what was described as ‘significant’ damage.

When the officers arrived to the scene of the crash PC Byrne admitted to them that he had spent time processing and arrest and just ‘wanted to get off duty’.

During a police interview PC Byrne admitted he had activated the emergency lights ‘without a police need to do so’.

Going on to say he had been on a 12-hour shift and each arrest he had been involved in earlier that night had involved a property search, and that he was ‘tired and hungry’.

Defending Richard Orme told the court that PC Byrne “wishes to apologise to the court for his poor decision-making on the day in question.”

Adding he had “no excuse” but making clear that his client had spent some time working a 12-hour shift pattern due to Merseyside Police concerns about gun crime in the city at the time.

He added: “He’s never done it before and bitterly regrets his decision. The only reason he did it was due to the fact that in November last year his marriage was under a considerable amount of strain. He and his wife are now in counselling through their church.”

PC Byrne admitted one count of dangerous driving and was disqualified from driving for 12 months and was handed a 12-month community order.

He must also carry out 40 hours of unpaid work and must pass an extended driving test before he will be allowed back on the roads.

The officer was also ordered to pay £535 prosecution costs.

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Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood is the editor and news reporter covering national and international news crime and policing news. Tweet your news and views to @TrevSherwoodPH

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