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Summons for charity bicycle ride collision police officer.

A POLICE officer has been summonsed to court six months after his van was involved in a crash with another vehicle at a charity bike ride.

Fundraiser Graham Chappell was cut free from his van after the collision with the police vehicle on the A696 near Woolsington, Northumberland, in June.

An internal investigation was carried out by police officers and now the officer involved in the smash is being told he could face criminal charges when he faces Newcastle Magistrates' Court.

A Northumbria Police spokeswoman confirmed an unidentified officer had been reported for careless driving.

Last night Mr Chappell, 44, confirmed he has been asked to attend a hearing where he was due to give evidence.

He said: "We've had a couple of phone calls and people wanting us to appear in court." Mr Chappell was shadowing a pack of cyclists at 15mph when the accident happened.

The collision took place just before 6am as the 44-year-old escorted 12 people taking part or assisting in a cycle ride across the country to support the Lucas Charity, an organisation set up to raise funds for a Leeds toddler with a rare type of cancer.

The crash pushed the support van on to the roadside. Firefighters and paramedics freed Mr Chappell from the van before placing him in a neck brace and on a stretcher.

His two passengers, Don Kelly, 69, a retired legal executive from Leeds, and John Mather, 62, a retired firefighter, also from Leeds, were treated for minor injuries.

A police officer was taken to hospital with chest injuries.

Mr Chappell, who is from Morley, Leeds, last night said the experience had not deterred him from raising cash for good causes.

Last night he said: "We do this sort of thing all the time and the crash won't stop us continuing."

A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: "A 38-year-old man has been reported for careless driving and will appear before Newcastle Magistrates' Court in due course."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 20, 2008
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