Car chase leads to long list of criminal charges for police officer


A serving Greater Manchester Police officer, based in their Salford district, has been charged with a number of criminal offences after a police chase led to a man being arrested in Leeds.

PC Jessica Verbruggen was arrested after a car allegedly failed to stop during a pursuit by West Yorkshire Police in November 2021.

29 year old PC Verbruggen, a Salford University graduate, who was not in the vehicle at the time, has been charged with permitting the use of a vehicle with no valid insurance, aiding or abetting the driving of a vehicle while disqualified, two computer misuse offences, fraud and two counts of perverting the course of justice.

She has been charged along with Karl Simpkins, 45, of New Farnley in Leeds, who was charged with dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance and possession of a class B drug.

Page last updated Tuesday 27th September, 2022 at 1110hrs

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Both are due to appear at Leeds Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 30th September, 2022.

Published by Neil Wilby

Former Johnston Press area managing director. Justice campaigner. Freelance investigative journalist.

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