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Cleared police officer may still face action
3:39pm Tuesday 19th February 2013 in News
A Bradford police officer who was cleared of assaulting a drink-driver by knocking him down with his patrol car could still face misconduct proceedings, a police watchdog has said.
PC Steven Mullaney, 41, was found not guilty of dangerous driving, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and perverting the course of justice after a trial at Sheffield Crown Court.
He was charged after an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) found he used his patrol car to nudge drink-drive suspect Anthony Shaw three times as he tried to run from police.
He and a colleague stopped Mr Shaw’s vehicle as it left a pub car park in Wyke in the early hours of last March 18.
When Mr Shaw, 37, ran from the officers, PC Mullaney followed in the Vauxhall Vectra patrol car, bumping into the suspect three times at a speed estimated to be between nine and 12mph. After his arrest, Mr Shaw was found to be a disqualified driver, more than twice the legal drink-drive limit with no insurance.
Yesterday, Nicholas Long, IPCC Commissioner, said: “The IPCC will now consider with police whether the officer has a case to answer in relation to misconduct.”