A HIGH-RANKING West Midlands police officer is to face criminal charges in connection with a fatal collision on the A45 near Meriden.
Chief Inspector Jamie Jones, aged 38, was arrested by his own force after the death of 20-year-old Raymond Cheung, a student at Warwick University.
In a statement, the Crown Prosecution Service said it had advised police that criminal proceedings should be brought against the officer for misconduct in public office, dangerous driving and failing to stop after an accident.
Mr Cheung died in the early hours of Sunday March 8 after being struck by a vehicle while Chief Insp Jones was off duty.
David Clark, head of the West Midlands CPS Complex Casework Unit, said: “The police have carried out a detailed and thorough investigation into the circumstances of Raymond Cheung’s death.
“I have carefully reviewed the evidence and have concluded there is sufficient evidence and that is in the public interest to prosecute Jamie Jones.
“I would like to make it clear that these charges arise out of Mr Jones’ alleged actions after the fatal collision with Mr Cheung. He has not been charged with any offences relating to causing Mr Cheung’s death.”
Chief Insp Jones is based at West Midlands Police headquarters in Birmingham.
He has been ordered to appear at Stafford Magistrates Court on June 2.