Stuff: Police officer should have been charged for driving over 160kmh, IPCA says

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The police watchdog says a police officer who drove more than 80kmh over the speed limit in pursuit of a fleeing driver should have been charged.

In a statement, the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) said a criminal investigation should have been undertaken, as the officer could have been convicted for dangerous driving.

The IPCA oversaw a police investigation into the officer’s driving, which surrounded an abandoned pursuit in Auckland in August 2017.

Despite the pursuit being abandoned as the police Eagle helicopter was able to monitor the fleeing driver, the officer continued to drive at speed in order to get into a position where he could lay road spikes.

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