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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2006 4:33 pm 
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Although the person in question could and should have refused this fare, I am not entirely convinced that the actions of this female police officer are above suspicion?

If the police officer when talking to the cab driver was so concerned that he might be over the limit, she should have asked him if he had been drinking and was in a fit state to drive before she called him out?

When her suspicions were aroused to his drinking you might have thought that being a police officer she would have told him not to drive?

If she was so concerned as her actions proved, she could have phoned a different Taxi firm but instead she phoned a colleague to come and breathalyse the driver directly after she put the phone down.

This case raises more questions than it answers and the appeal should be most interesting. If the Taxi driver can somehow get the incoming phone records for the day in question and they prove three calls from the same number were made within a short period time then it will no doubt give credence to his accusation that the police officer set him up?

An interesting court ruling might follow not withstanding the fact that several police officers and Taxi drivers might find themselves before the court for varying degrees of offences?

The Magistrates stated they believe there was some pressure on the Taxi driver to accept the job. But how can they believe that and at the same time believe the police officer? Where did the pressure come from if the police officer only made one call to hire the cab? If she had made more than one phone call then it could be said she was pressurising the Driver to pick her up? But the magistrates believed she only made one call? I'm sure the appeal court will find this case most interesting.
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UK Newsquest Regional Press - This is Wiltshire

September 2, 2006 Saturday

HEADLINE: Drink-drive cabbie alleges a 'set-up'

BYLINE: Roland Batten

DATELINE: Salisbury Journal

A TIDWORTH taxi driver accused of drink-driving told magistrates he had been "set up" by rival taxi owners working in "cahoots" with the police and a woman special constable.


David Speakman (53) told Salisbury magistrates he was "pressured" into getting out of bed and driving Belinda Booth from a social club, in Shipton Bellinger, to her home, in Tidworth.

He told the court that Miss Booth, a special constable, had rung him three times in as many minutes, becoming more and more forceful and assertive.

He said that, on her third call, she pressured him by saying she was stuck with three children - one aged six and the other two teenagers - and could not get home.

Speakman, who said he was on a day off and earlier in the day had been drinking at a christening, relented and drove over to collect her.

When he pulled up outside Miss Booth's flat, in Tidworth, a police officer came across and asked him to take a breath test, which proved positive, and he was duly arrested.

The court heard that a subsequent blood test revealed a level of 100 milligrams of alcohol - the legal limit being 80.

Speakman, of Meadow Court, Ludgershall Road, in Tidworth, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol, after an unusual bid by his counsel, Natasha Croom, to get the case stopped had failed.

Ms Croom applied for a stay of proceedings, claiming there had been an abuse of process, inasmuch as agents for the prosecution had "contributed to the committing of the offence", commonly called entrapment.

Ms Croom said: "There is a background of ill-feeling between the taxi competitors in Tidworth and, with the coincidences surrounding this case, it is likely there is more to this than meets the eye.

"The defence says this was a set-up. Miss Booth not only contributed to it, she caused it."

The magistrates rejected the application, but said they did accept there was "some pressure" on Speakman to drive, although he did "have a choice and could have refused."

Ms Booth told the court she had been worried because Speakman's voice appeared slurred when she rang to book him to pick her up and so she had phoned a colleague at Tidworth police station for advice. The colleague had told her he would "head her way."

She agreed with Ms Croom that she had a friend who was a Tidworth taxi driver, but "denied" ringing Speakman three times.


She also denied it was a set-up to get Speakman "done for drink- driving."

Speakman told the court he had taken the day off and attended a christening, where he had drunk three or four lagers. He said he had left a Tidworth taxi firm to set up on his own in January 2005 and, since then, there had been a campaign against him.

He told the court: "This was a deliberate set-up because, since it happened, various people have told me that was what they intended to do. I was taking trade away from other taxi drivers. Stories were circulating claiming I did not have a licence and I would not be able to fulfil bookings."

Head of the taxi licensing section at Kennet district council John Knight told the court there was "a degree of animosity among taxi operators in Tidworth" and some of them would be happy to see Speakman cease trading.

He said during the spring and early summer of 2005 the council had received a number of calls from taxi operators in Tidworth, asking what the council intended to do about Speakman's operating licence as he had been allegedly caught for drink-driving.

Fining Speakman £200 plus £200 costs for driving with excess alcohol, and banning him for three years, the magistrates said they accepted he had been "only a small amount over the limit", but pointed out that he was a professional driver who also had one previous conviction for drink-driving in 1999.

The disqualification period, however, was suspended, after Miss Croom said there would be an appeal to the crown court against the sentence.
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Defo a set up. :sad:

Not excusing the driver cos he did have a choice, but without doubt that woman rang him cos she knew he would be over the limit.

And for those of us that have no sympathy for the cab driver, I wonder how many have gone to work in the morning after a skin full the previous night over the limit? :?

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Sussex wrote:
Defo a set up. :sad:

Not excusing the driver cos he did have a choice, but without doubt that woman rang him cos she knew he would be over the limit.

And for those of us that have no sympathy for the cab driver, I wonder how many have gone to work in the morning after a skin full the previous night over the limit? :?


I notice he pleaded guilty in which case he can only appeal against the sentence and not the verdict. However it will still be interesting to see what the Crown says?

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