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Last Updated: Wednesday, 8 June, 2005, 15:31 GMT 16:31 UK
CPS appealing in 159mph Pc case
Pc Mark Milton
Pc Mark Milton argued that he was getting used to a new car
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is appealing against a decision to clear a policeman of dangerous driving after he reached 159mph in a patrol car.

Pc Mark Milton, 38, from Telford, Shropshire, was also cleared of speeding at Ludlow Magistrates' Court.

The officer was captured by the vehicle's video camera on the M54 in December 2003. His defence was that he was testing a new car.

The CPS have not said why they are opposed to last month's verdict.

District Judge Bruce Morgan acquitted Pc Milton on 18 May, calling him the "creme de la creme" of police drivers.

The court heard that the officer was recorded travelling at 159mph on the motorway near Telford in the early hours of 5 December 2003.

In reaching his verdict, Mr Morgan noted that two police officers who gave evidence for the prosecution, including West Mercia Police's senior driving instructor, had declined to classify the defendant's driving as dangerous.

The verdict was met with opposition from road safety campaigners who argued that such a speed could never be justified.


SEE ALSO:
159mph speeding charge Pc cleared
18 May 05 |  Shropshire
Police force on trial, says judge
20 Apr 05 |  Shropshire
Pc in speeding trial denies risk
19 Apr 05 |  Shropshire


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