Police officer sacked after driving at 154mph on A1(M)

PC Adam Smith.

A North Yorkshire police officer who drove at 154mph weeks after featuring in an anti-speeding video has been sacked.

PC Adam Smith admitted there was no policing purpose for driving at the speeds on the A1(M) near Boroughbridge on January 8, 2023.

Chief Constable Tim Forber found PC Smith’s actions amounted to gross misconduct at a misconduct hearing on May 24.

He said the speeding was “totally unjustifiable” and could “significantly undermine” public confidence in the force.

Three months prior to the offence, PC Smith made a video for the force’s roads policing unit to highlight the issue of street racing, in which he was quoted as saying, “this is Selby not Silverstone”.

PC Smith admitted that his behaviour had breached the standard of professional behaviour.

As well as being sacked at the hearing in Northallerton, Smith was placed on the College of Policing Barred list.

Mr Forber said: “This speed was manifestly excessive, totally unjustifiable, and this is an entirely different case than an officer or member of the public who is prosecuted for speeding by a moderate amount due to a failure in concentration.

“Accordingly, the only outcome which is appropriate in these circumstances is dismissal without notice.”

He added that the actions of PC Smith “undermined the legitimacy of the force”, which carried out extensive speed enforcement and prevention activity.

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