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Drug driver case dismissed because PC was in intensive care with baby

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The 'highly unusual decision' by CPS has sparked debate.

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A case involving a drug driver has been thrown out of court after the officer in the case was unable to attend proceedings due to his baby being in intensive care.

PC Steve Lee, a roads policing officer with Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing unit, took to social media to reveal the decision.

He tweeted: “Told today a drug drive case of mine was thrown out of court due to me being in intensive care with my baby, rather than giving evidence.”

He also tweeted: “I have raised a complaint to @cpsuk via my department's senior management. What are your thoughts on this decision @symondsa?”

The tweets generated a lot of debate on social media and have since been taken down.

PC Lee tweeted: “Lots of support in relation to this tweet, thank you. For all those who have asked about our daughter she is doing great & making progress.”

Andy Symonds, Chairman of Norfolk Police Federation, said: “We are liaising with the constabulary and the court to find out the facts of the incident.

“We cannot make any further comment at this stage until we know the facts about why this highly unusual decision was made.

“We also have to be cognisant of the fact that this case may still be subject to legal issues which we wouldn’t want to encroach onto.”

Norfolk Constabulary said it will not be providing a comment.

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