A Liverpool police officer has been sentenced for causing a devastating high-speed crash that left a fellow officer in a coma last year.
PC Ashleigh McAdams, 31, collided with another patrol vehicle while rushing to an emergency call in July 2022. She ran a red light at high speed, slamming into the side of a police car carrying PCs Gary Carson and Mark Lockett.
Dashcam footage showed PC Carson’s vehicle T-boned at up to 70mph as it responded to a 999 burglary call.
22-year-old officer Charlotte Waters, a passenger in McAdams’ car, was placed in an induced coma for 4 days due to a brain bleed. She spent over a week in the hospital and continues to suffer speech and balance issues a year later, unable to return to duty.
PC Lockett also sustained lasting injuries including PTSD. McAdams herself broke her pelvis and foot but has remained an active officer, albeit now facing disciplinary action.
In court, McAdams expressed deep remorse and apologized to the officers harmed by her actions. Her lawyer cited her exemplary service record and dedication to the community.
McAdams pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by careless driving. The judge handed her a 12-month community order with unpaid work, avoiding a custodial sentence he said would likely end her career.
The traumatic crash marked a devastating turn for officers who saw their lives and careers upended in an instant. While accountability has now been rendered, the physical and emotional scars remain raw for those injured.
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