Collared driver claims officer ignored police radio call to burglary to focus on 'ticket target'
A FURIOUS driver pulled over for minor motoring offences claimed in court that a policeman was more interested in booking him to boost his ticketing "target" than rushing off to investigate a burglary.
"Disgruntled" motorist Benjamin Brown told magistrates the officer insisted on dealing with him instead of the burglary and deliberately turned down the sound on his radio.
He alleged that the policeman even told him the burglar would be long gone by the time he got there anyway, Grimsby Magistrates' Court heard.
Brown, 21, of Evendine Court, Holton-le-Clay, admitted having an unrestrained child on the lap of a front-seat passenger in Corporation Road, Grimsby, on March 3.
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He also admitted having an unrecognisable front registration plate on his car on March 24.
Brown, a refuse collector, told the court in a letter that he had just been giving his passengers a lift around the corner from home.
He said no actual harm was done by his passenger having a youngster on her lap instead of it being restrained in a child seat.
But the court was told that, if there had been a collision, the child could have gone "flying through the windscreen".
Brown said: "I am very sorry for doing it and now realise what could have happened."
But he added – in what was described in court as being a "disgruntled" letter – that he believed the policeman who collared him was focusing on "hitting his target" for the number of tickets he had given out.
Brown claimed that, while he was being dealt with, the officer heard on his radio system that there had been a burglary – but decided to ignore the alert because he preferred to carry on dealing with Brown to boost his ticket target.
He claimed that the officer even turned down the sound on his radio so that he could concentrate instead on booking Brown instead of hurrying off to investigate the burglary.
He claimed the officer told him that the burglar would have gone by the time he got there anyway.
Brown claimed: "That's the attitude you get from police that are paid by tax I pay out of my hard-earned money."
He added that a "small portion" of his taxes went to paying the wages of the police.
Brown was fined £200 and was ordered to pay £40 costs and a Government-imposed £15 victims' surcharge.