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Man banned from driving following good work from special constables

Man banned from driving following good work from special constables
A man who was arrested in Chelmsford following some good work by special constables has been disqualified from driving. 

Phil Cooper, 23, was off-duty when he noticed a Renault Scenic towing a caravan while driving erratically and swerving into lanes on Three Mile Hill, Chelmsford, at 7.35pm on Friday, July 31. 

Phil, from Chelmsford, instantly contacted our control room and followed the driver, which suddenly stopped in active lane. 

He then managed to get the driver and his passenger onto a grass verge before Special Constable Stephen Nelson, of Essex Police’s Casualty Reduction Unit, arrived and moved the vehicle. 

The driver, Abul Hasanat, 46, of Crescent Road, Dagenham, failed a roadside breath test and was arrested on suspicion of drink driving. 

He pleaded guilty at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, August 23, and was banned from driving for 28 months and ordered to pay a £580 fine, £85 court costs and £58 victim surcharge. 

Inspector Danny Parsons, of the Casualty Reduction Unit, said: “This was a superb team effort with two special constables putting their training into practice – one who happened to be off duty at the time. 

“Drink and drug drivers ruin lives and devastate families and without the quick-actions of these officers there could have been severe consequences. 

“Hasanat got behind the wheel of his car while towing a large vehicle under the influence of alcohol. He has now been banned from driving for a lengthy period and fined, which could have severe consequences on his life and employment. 

“There is no place for drink or drug driving on our roads and we will continue to bring perpetrators like Hasanat to justice.” 

Student officer Phil Cooper, who is now training to become regular police constable, said: “The driver was clearly intoxicated and I was deeply concerned for other motorists. 

“My police training instantly kicked in and I made contact with our control room. Shockingly, the car stopped in a live lane, so I pulled over and got the driver and his passenger to a place of safety. Fortunately no one was hurt and we removed a drink driver off our roads. 

“Being a special constable has been a great way of getting an insight into the world of policing and has allowed me to progress my dream of becoming a regular police constable."

Essex Police is actively recruiting special and regular police constables. If you are interested in becoming a special constable visit www.essexpolice.uk/specials. 

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