Three police officers who seized a luxury sports car from an uninsured driver took turns to speed it along a dual carriageway, it has emerged.
Hertfordshire PCs Lewis Mack, Sam Butler and Ian Gould were taking the black Bentley Continental GT back to Cheshunt Police Station late one night in May 2020 when they made an unauthorised detour.
One of the trio had been heard to say ‘shotgun to drive the Bentley back’ while another called the front passenger seat, according to reports of a disciplinary hearing which handed them final written warnings for gross misconduct.
Little did they know, the Bentley’s owner – who was not the driver – had fitted the car with a tracker and could see their every move.
The officers were said to have owned up to their sergeant back at the station after learning the driver had made a complaint.
The hearing heard that the car was stopped travelling north on the A10 because it was not displaying its lights, and roadside checks flagged up the driver’s lack of insurance.
PC Gould drove the first stint of the journey, turning onto Lieutenant Ellis Way, a one-and-a-half mile-long stretch of motorway that leads away from Cheshunt Police Station.
PC Butler took the wheel at a roundabout at the end of the road before heading back towards the A10, after which PC Mack drove them back into Cheshunt.
Back at the station, all three admitted exceeding the 50mph speed limit while driving the 540-horsepower car, which is fitted with a four-litre V8 engine.
PC Mack said he got caught up in the ‘luxury’ of the car, according to the BBC, and was ‘ashamed to say I didn’t have the self-control’.
He added it only ‘dawned on us how wrong our actions were’ when they got back to the station, after which they ‘decided to be open and honest’.
The confession only came after they learned of the complaint, according to MailOnline.
PC Mack said his heart ‘sunk’ after hearing of it and regretted not ‘thinking like a police officer’, adding: ‘I realised what I had done was massively wrong. It was not what the public would expect.’
The barrister who brought the case against the trio on behalf of Hertfordshire Police accused them of taking the Bentley on a ‘joy-ride’.
Defending them, Kevin McCartney said they had acted with ‘blatant stupidity’ they but had done their very best to be frank and transparent to the panel.
The officers faced allegations they breached Standards of Professional Behaviour by driving the car for their own pleasure, speeding, failing to challenge one another’s behaviour, and failing to show courtesy and respect, which the panel found amounted to gross misconduct. The written warning will last two years.
There was no suggestion the officers were not insured to drive impounded vehicles or committed any criminal offences.
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