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Police officer suspended for speeding while showing off his driving skills to man he just arrested

By Mason White 1:50 PM January 26, 2014
Darlington police car illustration 

By: Ryan Lee Hall
(Scroll down for video) A police officer arrested a man on suspicions of theft.

Officer Barry Evans of Durham, England, was driving the suspect from Leeds to Darlington, in a BMW 330 police car.

While being transported to jail, the suspect asked the officer how fast his squad car can travel.

Rather than just answering his question, the officer decided to show off. He began speeding at 140 miles per hour.

The suspect decided to get revenge of the arresting officer.

As soon as they reached the prison, he informed a custody officer
of the incident.

After an investigation, officer Evans was suspended, but was not prosecuted.

However, he is expected to return to duty after an extensive investigation is carried out and he is deemed fit for the job once again.

Road safety campaigners condemned the decision not to prosecute the officer for his irresponsible actions.

“The law allows police, ambulance and fire service drivers to exceed the speed limit, but only in emergencies,” they said.

“The officer is a highly skilled driver and there was no suggestion the vehicle was driven dangerously at any time. The officer’s conduct prior to the incident had been exemplary,” a police spokesperson said.