Thursday 19 April 2018

Police crash driver was TV star

Greater Manchester Police are investigating after an officer crashed a supercar during a test drive
Greater Manchester Police are investigating after an officer crashed a supercar during a test drive

A police officer who wrecked a £40,000 supercar on a test drive had featured in a TV show on police pursuit chases.

Pc Paul Fletcher starred in BBC1's Car Wars which tracked Greater Manchester Police's team of high-speed pursuit officers as they chased down criminals.

He gained such popularity that a Facebook group named The Paul Fletcher Appreciation Society was set up in his honour.

The top of the range Volkswagen Golf R, which has a 155mph top speed, was written off when the officer, in his 40s, lost control on a roundabout in Old Trafford, Manchester, and reduced the pristine vehicle to a crumpled heap.

Pc Fletcher had to be cut from the wreck by firefighters and suffered spinal injuries but was later discharged from hospital.

He was driving on a public road, testing the handling of the car, which had been loaned to Greater Manchester Police (GMP) two days before so officers could try the model out before the force decided whether to buy or not.

The member of the automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) intercept unit which patrols car crime hotspots is now temporarily suspended from driving duties while an investigation is under way.

GMP said they would also look again at using public roads to test drive cars. No other vehicles were involved in the crash which took place last month.

Press Association

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