A POLICE motorcyclist was travelling at 109mph whilst taking part in a training exercise, moments before he collided with a car, a court heard.
Tim Terry, of Gifford Close, Fareham, is accused of causing the accident by pulling his green Citroen estate car out of a junction and failing to allow enough time or space for the police bike to pass.
The crash at 1.30pm on November 11 last year left the rider PC David Bates with serious head injuries.
The trial at Fareham Magistrates’ Court heard how Hampshire Constabulary was carrying out an exercise, simulating moving VIPs safely around the county.
PC Bates was one of three police motorcyclists taking part in the exercise.
The run from the Meon Valley Hotel in Shedfield to Fareham Police Station had been intended as a ‘low key’ end to a five-day training course.
As the police convoy was heading south on the A32 Wickham Road with lights and sirens on, Terry was waiting to use a U-turn junction which would enable him to join the road heading south, back towards Fareham.
The lead police bike in the convoy went past the junction and a silver Volkswagen Polo that had been waiting ahead of Terry pulled out.
The driver of the Polo, Lorraine Simmonds told the court she was aware a second police bike was approaching, but felt she had time to pull out safely.
Terry, 57, was coming home from work at Astrium in Portsmouth and had left the M27 at junction 10.
He said he saw PC Bates’ bike approaching and added: ‘I thought at the time it was safe to pull out.’
Kevin Fripp, the head of driving standards for Hampshire police, was in one of two cars that formed the convoy.
He said: ‘Safety is paramount.
‘That is why only the highest level motorcyclists are allowed to go on this course.’
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.
Giving evidence, PC Bates admitted he was ‘surprised’ when told how fast he had been going.
But he added: ‘We use those speeds quite regularly, so it’s not unusual to find yourself going that fast. I feel the speed was justified.’
Emergency vehicles are allowed to break speed limits when they can justify it as necessary.
Terry is accused of one count of driving without due care and attention.