Sean Pringle, of Morpeth, was found guilty of driving without due care and attention after a court trial
- 08:00, 31 OCT 2018
- Updated08:22, 31 OCT 2018
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A driver crashed into a police car because he wasn’t paying attention at the wheel.
Sean Pringle, 50, was found guilty of driving without due care and attention after a trial.
A court heard Pringle attempted to cross over two lanes of traffic at Cowpen Road in Blyth, Northumberland, but ended up causing an accident.
A police car was heading down the slip road towards him but Pringle pulled out and drove into the side of it.
Pringle denied the offence and accused the police officer behind the wheel of going faster than she claimed, but this was dismissed by District Judge Bernard Begley at South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court.
The collision occurred during the evening rush-hour on January 25 and caused significant disruption.
Pringle’s Nissan Navara truck collided with the side of a Vauxhall Astra belonging to Northumbria Police when it was travelling at around 15mph.
No-one was seriously injured but one police officer was treated for shock.
Prosecuting, Laura Lax pressed Pringle on why he had initially agreed to go on a driving improvement course if he insisted he was innocent.