Oops! PC takes 'unfit' drink-drive suspect's 156mph rally car - and crashes it through TWO gardens
By JAYA NARAIN
Last updated at 2:28 AM on 1st June 2011
- Patrolman wrote off rally car in late night spin
- He's fined £135 and gets four points on his licence
A police officer who wrote off a suspect drink-driver's high powered rally car and drove it into TWO gardens during a late night spin has been fined.
PC Mark Colebrook, 30, crashed the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution which was due to be towed away by a truck to a police compound in the early hours of September 3 last year.
But as he moved the car he lost control of 156-mph motor.
Write-off: The wreck of Matthew Ade's car is lifted from the garden where it ended up after the crash
Wreckage: The 156-mph Mitusbishi lies on its side as police arrange for its removal following their colleagues' late night spin in the car in Cheshire
During the impact, the Mitsubishi ploughed through the gardens of two luxury homes in Hale, Cheshire, fishtailed and flipped on to its side.
The car's owner Matthew Ades, 23, only discovered his £14,000 pride and joy had been trashed after he appeared at a police station for failing a breath test.
PC Colebrook was originally charged with aggravated vehicle taking along with colleague Stuart Foy, 39, and the case was due to be heard at Crown Court last week.
But magistrates in Rochdale were told that the pair had been given permission to move the car by a sergeant who deemed the vehicle was in a dangerous position.
PC Stuart Foy (left) and PC Mark Colebrook. Both officers had minor injuries after the early morning crash
The Greater Manchester officers sustained minor injuries in the early morning crash at the junction of Hale Road and Rydal Drive.
The more serious charges were dropped as Colebrook, of Widnes, Cheshire, admitted careless driving, while no evidence was offered against Foy, of Sale, Manchester.
Colebrook and Foy had denied aggravated vehicle taking and causing up to £5,000 damage to a patio door, window, gate, trees and fencing.
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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