Officer cleared of causing serious injury by dangerous driving

A Metropolitan police officer has been cleared of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

PC Eugene Acheampong had been driving a marked police car on Hawke Park Road, Haringey, before an incident occurred on August 3, 2019.

He was responding to a report about a theft in the Sirdar Road, N22, area when upon seeing the police vehicle a man made off on his bicycle.

PC Acheampong followed the man and was driving above the speed limit when his car collided with the cyclist.

The man was transferred to hospital with multiple serious injuries to the head and body.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) started investigating the incident after receiving a referral from the Metropolitan Police.

PC Eugene Acheampong denied causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

He was acquitted by a jury on November 5 at Southwark Crown Court following a trial which started on Wednesday.

But the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) says he has a case to answer for misconduct for breaching police professional standards for duties and responsibilities, orders and instructions and use of force. 

The MPS will now schedule a misconduct meeting in due course.

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