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PC Jailed For Speeding Lies

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-13467155

A former police officer has been jailed for six months for falsifying documents to avoid speeding fines.

Jason Butler, 45, was a detective constable with Avon and Somerset Police at the time he committed the offences, Plymouth Crown Court was told.

Butler, of Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, claimed someone else owned and was driving a VW Sharan caught on speed cameras in 2008 and 09.

He admitted two counts of perverting the course of justice last month.

Sentencing Butler to three months in jail on each count, Judge Francis Gilbert QC said the case was a tragedy for him, his family and former colleagues.

The court had heard that Butler told authorities a Walter Earl, who lived in Los Angeles, had been driving on two occasions when Butler had been caught speeding.

The first time was on the A35 in Poole, Dorset, in 2008, when the car Butler was driving was caught doing 40mph in a 30mph zone.

The following year the policeman was photographed speeding on the A374 in Torpoint, Cornwall in 2009.

On both occasions he sent paperwork claiming Walter Earl was at the wheel.

The court was not given the reason why Butler chose to use that name.

Judge Gilbert said he had to give an immediate prison sentence to act as a deterrent to others.

A police spokesman said Butler was no longer an officer. The spokesman said: "Jason Butler offered his resignation to Avon and Somerset Constabulary on 31 January 2011 and this was accepted."

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http://www.bbc.co.uk...rshire-13467155

A former police officer has been jailed for six months for falsifying documents to avoid speeding fines.

Jason Butler, 45, was a detective constable with Avon and Somerset Police at the time he committed the offences, Plymouth Crown Court was told.

Butler, of Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, claimed someone else owned and was driving a VW Sharan caught on speed cameras in 2008 and 09.

He admitted two counts of perverting the course of justice last month.

Sentencing Butler to three months in jail on each count, Judge Francis Gilbert QC said the case was a tragedy for him, his family and former colleagues.

The court had heard that Butler told authorities a Walter Earl, who lived in Los Angeles, had been driving on two occasions when Butler had been caught speeding.

The first time was on the A35 in Poole, Dorset, in 2008, when the car Butler was driving was caught doing 40mph in a 30mph zone.

The following year the policeman was photographed speeding on the A374 in Torpoint, Cornwall in 2009.

On both occasions he sent paperwork claiming Walter Earl was at the wheel.

The court was not given the reason why Butler chose to use that name.

Judge Gilbert said he had to give an immediate prison sentence to act as a deterrent to others.

A police spokesman said Butler was no longer an officer. The spokesman said: "Jason Butler offered his resignation to Avon and Somerset Constabulary on 31 January 2011 and this was accepted."

Of all the names he could have chosen.. "Walter Earl"...

That's prison-worthy in itself!

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So instead of £120 and 6 points he's got himself 6 months in jail and ended his career for lying about it. Serves him right, I'm afraid.

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So instead of £120 and 6 points he's got himself 6 months in jail and ended his career for lying about it. Serves him right, I'm afraid.

Agreed... he deserves every minute of it...

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Chris Huhne won't enjoy reading that story...

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Chris Huhne won't enjoy reading that story...

Go steady, he is innocent until proven guilty!

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Again the vaugeness of the system.I know of an ex cop who set off the speed cameras not on a 999 call no justification to do it.

Who coereced the passenger into agreeing to invent a 'car chase' and put the nearest parked vehicle through the PNC for justification.The summons came through and the incident checked the supervisor was suspicious and investigated.The car owner had been asleep in bed.Net result the driver was required to resign no court prosecution and the passenger was suspended for about 4 months.The driver was already on a final written warning.

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Is is me or with the public be amazed when dwelling burglars do not receive a prison sentance but someone who lied to get out of a speeding fine and points gets 6 months in prison? I'm not necesserily saying that he doesn't deserve the sentance but maybe his place in prison should have been used to house a burglar or other more serious criminal.

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Is is me or with the public be amazed when dwelling burglars do not receive a prison sentance but someone who lied to get out of a speeding fine and points gets 6 months in prison? I'm not necesserily saying that he doesn't deserve the sentance but maybe his place in prison should have been used to house a burglar or other more serious criminal.

A fair point - I must admit there are an awful lot of offenders that seem to get away with a slap on the wrist only to reoffend and get a laughable punishment. So the cycle continues!

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Cheat who conned £1.5m must repay £1. Says it all.

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"PC jailed for speeding lies"

Then the first line says FORMER police officer....

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"PC jailed for speeding lies"

Then the first line says FORMER police officer....

Welcome to the wonderful world of the BBC! w00t.gif

Cheat who conned £1.5m must repay £1. Says it all.

Not exactly going to break the bank of a Con Artist is it...

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"PC jailed for speeding lies"

Then the first line says FORMER police officer....

In fairness, he was a serving PC but tendered his resignation over this issue. He was a PC at the time of the offences.

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