South Gloucestershire police officer accused of breaking man's jaw in road rage incident

May 22 2020

A SOUTH Gloucestershire police officer who allegedly fractured a man’s jaw in a road rage incident faces a misconduct hearing.

PC Stuart Box was cycling in April last year when the driver overtook and they collided.

According to a misconduct hearing notice published on the Avon and Somerset police website, the officer is accused of swearing at the man, slapping him and then punching him twice on the jaw.

The driver was filming the incident on his phone but PC Box allegedly grabbed it and threw it away, the notice states.

The officer is also accused of using confrontational and abusive language towards a woman who had been in the vehicle, and hurting her wrists when she tried to stop him leaving.

PC Box allegedly failed to report the incident to the emergency services, failed to wait for the police to arrive and did not leave his details.

He will face a misconduct hearing at the Avon and Somerset Police HQ in Portishead on June 1, to answer allegations that his conduct amounted to a breach of the standards of professional behaviour, namely discreditable conduct, and honesty and integrity.

The force confirmed he was working in South Gloucestershire at the time of the incident.

By Stephen Sumner, Local Democracy Reporting Service