Published: 15:28, 13 March 2019
| Updated: 15:55, 13 March 2019
A serving police officer charged with dangerous driving during the ‘Beast from the East’ has asked for his trial to be heard outside of Kent.
Mark Sloane, 29, crashed a Kent Police Vauxhall Astra while responding to a theft from a car in March last year.
Westminster Magistrates Court heard: “There was substantial speed in visibly poor conditions,” in the build up to the crash.
Deputy chief magistrate Tan Ikram heard Sloane was travelling at 56mph in a 30mph zone in Courtenay Road, Maidstone, in March last year.
After travelling over a roundabout Sloane lost control of the vehicle and crashed into three cars.
Two people were injured including a police officer.
Kuman Hussan suffered a broken collar bone in the crash while a PC Perkins suffered a broken finger.
The court heard Sloane was not in pursuit of another vehicle, but instead trying to reach the scene of a crime.
Sloane pleaded not guilty to a count of dangerous driving and asked for his trial to be heard in crown court.
Eva Niculiu, defending, asked for the trial to be heard outside of Kent.
She argued: “It could attract some undue attention in Maidstone.”
Mr Ikram said: “I think the general view is defendants are tried by the crown court local to where they are.”
He added he would note Sloane was a serving Kent Police officer.
The hearing was adjourned until April 3 at Maidstone Crown Court.
A decision on where a trial will take place will be heard there.