OM chauffeur fined for reckless driving
24 October 2005, AMSTERDAM — A chauffeur employed by the headquarters staff of the Public Prosecutor's office (OM) has been fined EUR 180 for impeding other motorists, the OM said on Monday.
24 October 2005
AMSTERDAM — A chauffeur employed by the headquarters staff of the Public Prosecutor's office (OM) has been fined EUR 180 for impeding other motorists, the OM said on Monday.
The OM's office in the northern Dutch city of Assen received a complaint in August about a vehicle driving dangerously on the A28 between Zwolle and Assen. An investigation revealed that the driver in question was employed by the OM in The Hague and that the the wife of the head of the OM was in the car.
The chauffeur was driving a blue Mercedes and repeatedly passed other motorists via the hard shoulder, before slowing down as he drove in front of them. The driver of the Mercedes activated a flashing light during these manoevres.
A prosecutor in Assen decided there was sufficient evidence to fine the driver for impeding other vehicles. If the man does not pay the EUR 180 fine, he will be brought before a district court.
During the proven incident, the chauffeur was driving the Procurator General's wife. She did not intervene, because she 'had not noticed anything wrong', an OM spokeswoman said.
There was not enough evidence to substantiate other complaints about the man's reckless driving, as witnesses could not produce car registration numbers or other clues.
This summer, the Public Prosecution office had already concluded its own investigation into the chauffeur and taken 'appropriate measures', which were never revealed. The man was allowed to continue in his job.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news