Police chief faces speeding case
A senior police officer in charge of road policy for Britain's chief constables is facing prosecution for exceeding a 60mph speed limit.
Meredydd Hughes, chief constable of the South Yorkshire force, was allegedly clocked by cameras driving along the A5 near Chirk in north Wales.
He has been summoned to appear before Wrexham magistrates on 21 November.
A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police confirmed that Mr Hughes had been sent a notice of intended prosecution.
A force statement read: "Chief Constable Med Hughes has received a notice of intended prosecution in respect of an alleged driving offence in north Wales in the early morning of a Bank Holiday Monday in May while he was on holiday."
The statement added that no summons for the offence has been received yet.
If convicted, the court has the power to fine Mr Hughes, who is originally from Cardiff, up to £1,000 and even issue a possible driving ban.
Mr Hughes courted controversy after taking charge of road policing at ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers).
In June he argued that "less conspicuous" speed cameras should be considered by police as a way of slowing down drivers.
He was appointed South Yorkshire's chief constable three years ago.
This report alleges that he was driving at 90mph:
And on Brunstrom's patch as well.............. oh, dear.
Top traffic cop faces in N Wales speeding prosecution
Oct 30 2007
by Carl Butler, icnorthwest
BRITAIN’S most senior traffic cop has been booked for allegedly speeding - in North Wales.
The Chief Constable of South Yorkshire, Meredydd Hughes, was allegedly caught doing 90mph in a 60mph zone on the A5 at Halton near Chirk.
Guidelines to magistrates call for a ban to be considered on anyone exceeding the limit by 30mph or more.
As the Association of Chief Police Officers’ (ACPO) spokesman on roads policing, Mr Hughes set up a special team to prosecute drivers trying to challenge their speeding fine on technicalities.
With two speeding convictions already
, Mr Hughes will be expected to attend his hearing at Wrexham Magistrates Court on November 21.
Yesterday South Yorkshire Police said: “We can confirm that the Chief Constable Meredydd Hughes has received a notice of an intending prosecution in respect of an alleged driving offence in North Wales in the early morning on a Bank holiday Monday in May, whilst on holiday. No summons has yet been received.”