Policing question

Shakey

War Hero
Good morning all, am looking for opinions/views about something that happened to me yesterday. Perhaps this is one for the reggies!

Had a call from girlfriend who was hysterical - she'd been driving and had been involved in a collision with a motorbike.

Anyway I got to the scene of the accident and my girlfriend was in her smashed up car with a traffic cop. I said to her "Are you alright?" and "Don't admit any liability." This is as far as I got 'cos the copper went banzai. He told me I was obstructing justice and that he would arrest me if I didn't stand over by the pavement with her friends and stay out of the way.

I'd been there about a minute when he came over again and very curtly told me that he didn't want me talking to witnesses given my previous 'attitude' and that if I didn't get back in my car straight away and stay there he would arrest me.

So off I went back to the car.

I was calm and reasonable throughout, and other people thought that this copper had been over the top in his attitude not just me.

Given that I spoke to my girlfriend in her car not a police interview room and that I was only saying something that a solicitor would say in the first instance anyway, was I in the wrong in any way? I didn't respond or argue back with him 'cos I didn't want it to upset my girlfriend further who was very shaken.

So if anyone can offer any advice as to:

A) Did I do anything wrong

B) Was the copper having a bad day

C) The copper was a tit

it would be appreciated.

Cheers!
 

Mad-Dog

Badgeman
You seem to have missed out one little piece of information, which if you want us all to make a fair and balanced view of what happened, I feel you should have included in your rant/statement,

Was you girlfriend actually at fault over the accident!!!!?

This has a major bearing over which side of the fence people will go on this one!
 

Shakey

War Hero
Can't really comment on who's fault it was really, as full statements and decisions haven't been taken yet. Sub judice and all that.

Basic facts are:

She was at a crossroads in lane marked right turn only turning right.

Moped on other side of crossroads in lane marked left turn only proceeded straight onto the crossroads and struck the side of her car.

Hope that helps!
 
Were the Right and left hand turning lanes marked so the two turning vehicles cross front to front or was it as normal that you pass down the off side of the incoming vehicle then turn behind them. That means painted lines in the centre of the crossing.

Two, only a legally quailfied person can offer legal advice to any person who is currently detained as was your girl friend while the Officer sorted out what had happened. Are you a Solicitor or qualified legal clerk if not you were in the wrong.

"Attempting to pervert the course of Justice springs to mind"

So ? A Yes
? B More than likely
? C Yes he was a Traffic Officer they are born that way

In my humble opinion, with the little facts you have given, if the road was not marked for turing front to front, then she is in the poop if she turned right while he was passing down or approaching her off side front.

Nutty
 
Shakey said:
Basic facts are:

She was at a crossroads in lane marked right turn only turning right.

Moped on other side of crossroads in lane marked left turn only proceeded straight onto the crossroads and struck the side of her car.

Hope that helps!

Was the moped turning left or coming straight over? Either way, does he not have right of way?
 

Shakey

War Hero
JunglyDaz said:
Was the moped turning left or coming straight over? Either way, does he not have right of way?

All I can say really is that he was in a lane marked for left turn only and he went straight on.

With regard to other previous comment, I don't think you have to be legally qualified to offer assistance to someone. But hey, I could be wrong.
 

Old_Hand

Lantern Swinger
The chances are that if it was a Non Personal Injury Road Accident and only the two vehicles involved and no independant witnesses then it will more than likely be treated as a Knock for Knock and will be left for the insurance companies to deal with. Secondly, the girlfriend was probably being spoken to under caution at the time of your arrival and your intervention would probably be viewed as Obsructing a Police Officer in the Execution of his/her Duty. You were lucky that he did not take it further.
 
Police and attitude is becoming a common start of complaint proceedings!!

In Scotland there has to be two police officers at scenes of accidents etc and they usually work together to sort things out .
However--in England only one policeman is required.

Did you obtain the PC's number. Did he ask who you were. Did he explain to you that your girlfriend at that time was not allowed to be spoken to.
Did she have passengers that could've been used as witnesses to the cops
attitude .

Go for it--write to the Chief Constable !! Express your displeasure and demand explanations. Said policeman will then have to do some answers set from high places. You might even get an apology!!

As for Girlfriend--well moped drivers are usually alone and sometimes don't bother with lane disciplines unless its at traffic light junctions. And he would have been indicating left aswell.
Hard to say without seeing the scene.but she may well be in the poo
 
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Guest
I don't see nothing wrong with the police over my way. Was in the car with a friend, she had 2 pints of beer, no biggy but we had both just worked a 15hr shift. Police stopped us for a routine check and she was found to be over the limit.

1 hour later, my friend was let off the charges, this 'issue' was erased and the old bill drove us home in my friends car.

Quality!
 
Jenny_Dabber said:
I don't see nothing wrong with the police over my way. Was in the car with a friend, she had 2 pints of beer, no biggy but we had both just worked a 15hr shift. Police stopped us for a routine check and she was found to be over the limit.

1 hour later, my friend was let off the charges, this 'issue' was erased and the old bill drove us home in my friends car.

Quality!

Jenny

With a mixture of Greek Cypriot males and attractive females you have set this question yourself by leaving the gap/explanation.

What did you and/or your girlfriend do for that hour ?????????????????

Nutty 8) :lol: 8)
 
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Guest
Well as you asked, I did all the talking! Turned out the coppers were from London also, my friend had never had a record with the police and I have the gift of the gab. Gave a little smile and talked to the coppers and hey presto, moi had talked her way out of my mate being in trouble.

And no, no sexual favours, dirty gits!
 

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