Tuesday, 19 July 2011

WEST Australian police officer has been charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice after allegedly concocting a traffic stop so she could dodge a speeding fine.



Police allege that in the early hours of September 21 last year, the officer drove a police car through an intersection in South Perth and was recorded going 72km/h in a 60km/h zone by a speed camera.

It's alleged she then stopped a random vehicle and made an entry in her notebook falsely stating she undertook the stop before the speed camera was activated.

"This entry was made knowing it to be false and with the intention of creating a defence under Regulation 280 of the Road Traffic Code," WA Police said.

The officer had not been on a task that would provide an exemption as an emergency vehicle, police said.
A further false entry was later made on a tasking running sheet.



The 39-year-old officer has been summonsed to appear in the Perth Court of Petty Sessions on August 8 and has been stood aside from duty.

The case follows the charging of two other Perth officers with attempting to pervert the course of justice for also allegedly concocting a traffic pursuit to dodge a speeding ticket.

The charges against a 35-year-old female senior constable and 45-year-old male constable follow an early morning incident on August 13 last year.

The two officers have been stood down from duty pending the outcome of an internal loss of confidence process.

It's alleged they drove a police vehicle through an intersection and were recorded doing 67km/h in a 60km/h zone.

Police allege the female passenger used the vehicle's police computer to key in a fictitious vehicle to falsify a computer entry purporting it had been the subject of a traffic stop.

It's alleged the male driver used the fictitious vehicle details to make an entry in his police notebook purporting that the vehicle had been stopped and the driver interviewed.

The officers have been summonsed to appear in the Perth Court of Petty Sessions on August 5.


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