PC's Deadly 'Boast'; He Hit 120mph and Jumped a Red Light before Crash That Killed Girl, Jury Told

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PC's Deadly 'Boast'; He Hit 120mph and Jumped a Red Light before Crash That Killed Girl, Jury Told


A TEENAGE shoplifter was killed in a crash as a policeman drove her home at speeds of up to 120mph, a court heard yesterday.

Shelley Simmonite was being taken to be cautioned in front of her parents with her friend Emma Cubbin.

The constable at the wheel, Adrian Ward, smashed into an oncoming car after accelerating to high speed and boasting to the girls about how he could drive through red traffic lights, Leeds Crown Court heard.

During the journey, Miss Cubbin had criticised his driving, saying he was worse than her boyfriend. The officer, an advanced driver, allegedly replied: 'Yes, but I bet he can't go through a red light.' He then drove through a red light, it was alleged.

She noticed the speedometer was reading 110mph, then later it hit 120mph.

The next thing she recalled was the screech of tyres as the unmarked Vauxhall Astra came out of a bend on the wrong side of the road heading straight for a van.

The girls were wearing seat belts but both were injured and Emma later died.

PC Ward denies causing death by dangerous driving on April 16, 1996.

The girls had been arrested for shoplifting in Sheffield earlier that day after apparently running away together from their homes in Harworth, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

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