Christopher Salmon, the former Police Commissioner for Dyfed Powys Police has been fined £700 and given 3 penalty points for driving with defective tyres.
Mr Salmon, who pleaded guilty to Swansea Magistrates’ Court by post had been driving a police pool car on 2 October 2015.
He admitted that he did not check the condition of the tyres before driving.
After he had been stopped, the matter was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. Following the IPCC investigation the case was then transferred to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
The IPCC investigation concluded that Mr Salmon “may have committed a criminal offence.”
The case grew out of an incident where the police pool car that Mr Salmon was driving suffered a tyre blow out and he called for roadside assistance. It was then discovered that the blow out had been caused by the tyre being bald.
Dyfed Powys Police asked the IPCC if Mr Salmon had complied with his duty to “obtain and preserve evidence.”
However, it was discovered that Mr Salmon had changed 2 tyres on the car after the blow out.
The IPCC responded that their remit was to only cover “serious complaints or conduct matters” and the question as to the preservation of evidence did not form part of their investigation.
Mr Salmon also asked the IPCC whether it would investigate any others who had driven the same police pool car but their response was that they were only to investigate Mr Salmon and his deputy.
Mr Salmon made a statement though Facebook which read: “I’m judged by the same laws as everyone else. Since the car was maintained by the police and in regular use by a number of staff I assumed it would be in good working order. I was wrong. I should have checked the tyres.
“As a result, I committed two offences of using a motor vehicle with defective tyres and I accept the penalties imposed by the court.”
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