1. ITV Report

Police officer who gave false evidence after road rage incident sacked by Avon and Somerset Police

A police officer who falsely accused a member of the public of driving dangerously has been sacked by Avon and Somerset Police.

Police Constable Keith James became involved in an argument with a driving instructor while off duty, before then giving false evidence against him in court.

He was dismissed for gross misconduct.

Dashcam footage since now been released of the incident

PC James was dismissed after getting into an argument with a driving instructor. Credit: Bristol Post

A disciplinary panel heard that PC James was off duty when he was involved in a road rage incident with a driving instructor on the A367, near Peasedown St John in Somerset, on 15th February 2018.

PC James told the instructor he would report him for driving offences and visited his home the following day, saying he intended to prosecute.

When the case came to court, PC James gave false evidence against the instructor, accusing him of dangerous driving.

The incident occurred on the A367 near Peasedown St John Credit: Googe Earth

We expect all police investigations to be carried out with professionalism and integrity and this clearly didn’t happen on this occasion. His actions have the potential to impact on community confidence in policing, which is another aggravating factor in this case.

– Supt Simon Wilstead, Head of Professional Standards, Avon and Somerset Police

In a statement released on Twitter on 27th February, Avon and Somerset Police confirmed that "allegations of gross misconduct were proven against PC Keith James for breaches of professional behaviour relating to honesty and integrity, duties and responsibilities and discreditable conduct".

Supt Simon Wilstead, Head of Professional Standards, added: “The officer should not have been investigating an offence he was personally involved in and he acted wholly unprofessionally in his subsequent conduct with a member of the public."