A man charged with a motoring offence after driving his van through a puddle that splashed a police community support officer (PCSO) had his case dismissed after an eight-month inquiry. Mick Davidson, 60, from Puckeridge, was accused of driving "without reasonable consideration" in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, last June. He was said to have created a wall of water which covered the officer.
The case was dismissed due to "irregularities" in police evidence. Mr Davidson, a former bathroom fitter, appeared at Stevenage Magistrates'
Court accused of driving through a "large puddle" on the High Street. "I didn't even know anyone had been soaked and I couldn't believe it when two
police officers turned up on my doorstep three days later," he said. "I'd been driving home in my VW transporter van, not recklessly, but the
weather was foul and the highway was flooded."
Police said his actions produced a "large wall of water, approximately six
feet (1.8m) high, showering and completely covering" the officer, named on court
papers as "PCSO Moore". However, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said "an irregularity with the
recording of evidence by the police became apparent" which meant it could no
longer proceed. A spokeswoman said: "The CPS offered no evidence and the case was
Mr Davidson said he was not working at the moment because he is having to
care for his son who has had a series of strokes. "I'm so happy it's over because it's put me and my family under enormous
pressure, but I've had no apology or further contact from the police or CPS," he
said. Hertfordshire Police said it was looking to see "if any lessons could be
learned" from the inquiry. "We are reviewing the investigation of this incident to understand exactly
why the case could not proceed," a spokesman said.