A MOTORIST has been fined hundreds of pounds for causing an accident which left a police motorcyclist seriously injured.
Tim Terry, of Gifford Close in Fareham, was found guilty of driving without due care and attention relating to the crash on the A32 Wickham Road after a day-and-a-half-long trial.
The 57-year-old has been ordered to pay a £600 fine, £700 in costs and had five points put on his driving licence.
Terry was coming home from work at Astrium in Portsmouth and had left the M27 at junction 10 at about 11.30am on November 11 last year.
He attempted to pull his green Citroen estate car out of a junction on the north-bound A32 so he could make a u-turn and head back towards Fareham.
But magistrates found that he had not allowed enough time for PC David Bates, who was heading south at high speed with his lights and siren going, to pass.
PC Bates was second in the convoy of three police motorcyclists taking part in a Hampshire Constabulary training exercise, simulating moving VIPs safely around the county.
GPS data showed that PC Bates had been going at 109mph on the 50mph limit road four seconds before the last recorded speed of his bike, which was 47mph.
But the court heard police are allowed to break speed limits when deemed safe in an operation.
Police said PC Bates suffered serious head injuries.
He has since recovered and is back at work.
Giving evidence, Terry said: ‘I saw a single police motorcycle pass and I assumed he was on a call somewhere.
‘I then looked right and left to ascertain whether I thought it was safe to proceed.
‘At that point I saw a further motorcycle approaching in the distance. I thought at the time it was safe to pull out.’
Terry told the court that although he recognised the bike was approaching fast, he thought it would have time and space to move into the other lane of the dual carriageway to avoid his Citroen if needed.
Describing the crash, he said: ‘It was a complete shock to me. It felt like an enormously huge explosion. There was debris from the back of my car flying everywhere.’
Before this case, Terry had no previous convictions.
After the sentencing Chief Inspector Cleaven Faulkner said: ‘We are pleased our officer is now fit and well and able to resume his duties, and also that his actions on the day have been vindicated.
‘It can be difficult when you’re at an incident involving a colleague, and my officers did a thoroughly professional job.’