National Express driver convicted of dangerous driving

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The driver of a National Express coach has been found guilty of dangerous driving following a crash involving a police car in Dorset.

David Read crashed into the back of a police car dealing with a broken down vehicle on the A338 Bournemouth Spur Road in the early hours of February 2. The 38-year-old, from Bournemouth, denied the charge at Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court.

Read was bailed and is due to be sentenced on October 12. No people were injured, but a police dog in the officer’s car was taken to vets for treatment following the crash. The animal was not seriously injured and has since made a full recovery, Dorset Police said.. The coach had been on its way back from Gatwick airport to Poole.

A National Express spokesperson said: The safety of our customers and other road users is always our number one priority and the driver involved in this highly unusual and regrettable incident was immediately suspended and no longer drives for National Express.”