Shocking moment off-duty police officer causes devastating head-on crash that put husband and wife in hospital as he tries to overtake while towing a caravan

Shocking moment off-duty police officer causes devastating head-on crash that put husband and wife in hospital as he tries to overtake while towing a caravan

An off-duty policeman has collided into a car, seriously injuring a married couple, as he tried to recklessly overtake while towing his caravan on a busy road.

The shocking moment when the two vehicles crashed head-on was caught on video and shows the officer driving his Kia Sorento straight into the Hyundai Getz in the other lane before smoke starts billowing from both cars.

Geraint York now faces dismissal after he was found guilty of careless driving, although he was cleared of the more serious charge of dangerous driving after a trial at Cardiff Crown Court.

William Davies and Farzeen Hashmi were taken to hospital after they were left seriously injured by the collision, with Mr Davies needing surgery for a broken back, fractured ribs and a ‘smashed’ left knee. 

The video shows Mr York, an officer with Gwent Police, catching up with the car in front as vehicles speed down the other lane on the A465 in Monmouthshire.

The shocking moment when the two vehicles crashed head-on was caught on video and shows the officer driving his Kia Sorento straight into the Hyundai Getz in the other lane before smoke starts billowing from both cars

Geraint York, who is an officer with Gwent Police, now faces dismissal after he was found guilty of careless driving, although he was cleared of the more serious charge of dangerous driving after a trial at Cardiff Crown Court

The 45-year-old then swerves at the last minute, just yards away from bystanders at a bus stop, to try to overtake the car on the wrong side of the road.

The officer’s red SUV crashes at pace into the oncoming light blue vehicle as a third car narrowly avoids being caught up in the collision, just missing the caravan trailing behind.

The victims’ car door then begins to open as clouds of smoke surround the scene.

In court, bodycam footage showed Mr York telling a fellow officer that he had attempted the overtake to avoid parked cars.

The video shows Mr York, an officer with Gwent Police, catching up with the car in front as vehicles speed down the other lane on the A465 in Monmouthshire

In court, bodycam footage showed Mr York telling a fellow officer that he had attempted the overtake to avoid parked cars

Nigel Fryer, who was defending the officer, said that Mr York might lose his job in the force and that he had gone through a ‘difficult divorce’.

Judge Paul Hobson said that the officer could not be sent to prison for careless driving.

Mr York was ordered to pay £750 prosecution costs and a £450 fine and he received six penalty points.

Judge Hobson said: ‘One thing this demonstrates is the huge responsibility that we all have as drivers on the road.

‘Inattention by a driver, even for a short period of time, can have devastating consequences.

‘You and nobody else was to blame for this collision.

The 45-year-old then swerves at the last minute, just yards away from bystanders at a bus stop, to try to overtake the car on the wrong side of the road

Mr York was ordered to pay £750 prosecution costs and a £450 fine and he received six penalty points

‘I’m convinced you took your eyes off the road for a few seconds where a collision was unavoidable.

‘You caused very serious injury to not one but two people.’

A Gwent Police spokesperson said: ‘We will review the outcome to assess whether any misconduct action is required.

‘Our professional standards investigation is ongoing.’

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Sam Lawley

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