Former policeman Simon Wright has been jailed for lying to his bosses after using his patrol car’s blue lights to jump traffic lights
A former police driver was jailed for four months after lying about using his patrol car to jump red traffic lights.
Simon Wright, 59, used the blue lights on his car to jump traffic in Worthing West Sussex last summer, despite having no lawful reason to do so.
The 59-year-old quit Sussex Police in November while under investigation for gross misconduct but was today jailed for perverting the course of justice.
Lewes Crown Court heard that on June 25 and July 26, 2018, Wright drove a marked police car through red traffic lights in Worthing as if responding to an emergency call.
He lied to his police bosses in an attempt to avoid prosecution and disciplinary measures.
After pleading guilty to perverting the course of justice, he was sentenced to four months’ imprisonment.
Wright left Sussex Police on November 16, but was still subject to a gross misconduct hearing at Sussex Police HQ on November 28, which he did not attend.
Chief Constable Giles York, who chaired the hearing, concluded that had he still been serving, he would have been dismissed from the force.
Detective Superintendent Steve Boniface, head of Sussex Police’s professional standards department, said: ‘Police officers must behave in a manner that does not discredit the police service or undermine public confidence, whether on or off duty.
‘Simon Wright’s criminal disregard for the law is clearly completely out of keeping with the role that others uphold with pride, integrity and with the trust of the public whom they serve.
‘It is important to show that the force will fairly investigate its own staff and this highlights our determination not to allow the name of Sussex Police to be tainted, nor bring into disrepute the enormous amount of good work carried out day-to-day by thousands of hard-working and enormously dedicated police officers and staff.’