Blidworth man charged with dangerous driving following PC Diederik Coetzee collision

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A 25-year-old man has been charged with dangerous driving following a collision which left a Mansfield police officer seriously injured.

Mitchel Graham, of Grange Road in Blidworth, was today (Monday 30 April 2012) charged with two counts of dangerous driving, as well as failure to stop after a collision and failure to report a collision.

He has been bailed until his appearance before Mansfield Magistrates on Monday 14th May 2012.

Mansfield South beat officer PC Diederik Coetzee was left in a critical condition following the crash, which happened in Blidworth Lane, Blidworth, on Friday 25th November 2011. The 55-year-old, who joined Nottinghamshire Police in June 2001, was cycling towards Blidworth when a vehicle struck him from behind. The motorist failed to stop following the crash.

A Volkswagen Corrado, believed to have been involved in the collision, was seized by police as part of their enquiries.

Two other men, aged 32 and 29, and a 36-year-old woman, previously arrested and bailed in connection with the crash, will have no further action taken against them.

Hundreds of messages of support and well wishes from the public have flooded into Nottinghamshire Police for PC Coetzee and his family since the collision.  Five months on, he continues to receive treatment in hospital, where he is making a slow but steady recovery.