Robert Whatley, 70, was pulled over in his Range Rover for driving without a seat belt as he drove on a country road in Wales. It's alleged officers tried to issue him with a fixed penalty notice but Mr Whatley drove off.
Two of Gwent's 'finest' followed him along 8 miles of country lanes for 17 minutes before trying to stop the £60,000 Range Rover with a stinger device. At no time did he drive above 40mph. Mr Whatley stopped and you can see the actions of the police here. His lawyer has released this video. (Sorry somehow can't embed it).
Mr Whatley, who has heart problems, was charged with several motoring offences and was found guilty of not wearing a seatbelt, failing to stop for a police officer and having tinted windows which did not conform to legal requirements but cleared of failing to stop after an accident. He also admitted having a registration plate which did not adhere to regulations. The pensioner was fined a total of £235 and ordered to pay £300 towards prosecution costs.
£300 towards prosecution costs after this man's ordeal at the hands of these thugs? The police should be compensating Mr Whatley for the expensive damage done to his vehicle and the trauma he must have suffered with one policeman smashing his side window while another stood on his bonnet and kicked in his windscreen.
The police concerned should be dismissed from the service in disgrace. They have no right to call themselves police. They're thugs.