Police have ruled out a new investigation into the teenage son of officers who killed two men while driving Audi
Police have ruled out a new probe from the son of two officers mowing down two people with a sports car while using a lot of drugs.
Thames Valley police were forced to review the case after Max Coopey, 18, presented evidence in an investigation that contradicted police findings.
Coopey murdered father-of-three Jason Imi, 48, and his colleague John Shackley, 61, while walking back from dinner in Ascot, Berkshire in August 2018.
In a judicial investigation last July, he claimed to have seen the two men on A329 London Road near Sunninghill and braked for three seconds.
This was accepted by the coroner and cast doubt on the findings of Thames Valley forensic collision investigator PC Adrian White.
But today Thames Valley police ruled out re-investigating the incident after PC White concluded that Coopey’s evidence was wrong.
Max Coopey (left), 18, killed two men while driving a sports car in August 2018. His officer parents Russel (right) and Catherine Cooper were investigated for allegedly “turning a blind eye” to their son’s drug habits, and were acquitted with no case to answer
A spokesman for the armed forces said: “After the investigation, Thames Valley police considered it appropriate to consider the evidence provided by Coopey during the investigation.
This new information has been submitted to the Forensic Collision Investigator for review.
His conclusion was that, given the on-site physical evidence, Coopey’s investigation report was unlikely to have happened as he described.
As no new evidence emerged, there was no further investigation of the case by CPS into the cause of the collision. The original decision to file a charge of driving while exceeding the prescribed drug limit remained the correct charge.
“The Thames Valley police and the prosecution continue to agree that there is no new evidence for further proceedings against Coopey regarding the deaths of Jason Imi and John Shackley.”
During the judicial investigation on July 8, PC White said that he had tested the crash site by getting into a black Audi car and driving the same stretch.
Pausing a police officer in dark clothing along A329 London Road, PC White said he concluded that Coopey could not have seen the men until he was less than 10 meters (33 ft) from them.
John Shackley (photo), 61, was killed by Coopey while walking home with his colleague Jason Imi in Ascot, Berkshire in August 2018.
This would have given Coopey, who had a combination of cannabis and codeine in his system, less than a second to respond, making the collision inevitable.
When PC White was challenged by Nicholas Hinchcliffe QC over his findings, PC White said his report was peer-reviewed and that “science is not wrong.”
Berkshire assistant coroner Alison McCormick had accepted Coopey’s version of the events, but concluded that the crash was a “traffic accident.”
She said that beyond a reasonable doubt, she could not be sure that Coopey was speeding or that the drugs in his system were affecting his driving.
Last year, the 18-year-old, whose parents are Metropolitan Police officers, received a 12-week prison sentence and a conviction for driving for disqualification. He was in prison for a little over a week before being released on bail.
His officer parents Russel and Catherine Coopey were also investigated on charges of “turning a blind eye” to their son’s drug habits while living in their £ 1 million Ascot home. They were not allowed to answer.
Jason Imi (photo with wife Sarah), 48, was murdered by Coopey while walking home with colleague John Shackley in Ascot, Berkshire in August 2018
Inspector Andy Storey, head of the Joint Operations Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said of the findings of the TVP evaluation, “This was a tragic case in which two men, Jason Imi and John Shackley, died.
During the investigation, the Thames Valley Police Department followed through on all lines of investigation, which led to a successful conviction in court.
“We have now reviewed the evidence in light of the CPS-supervised investigation and we can confirm that there are no further lines of investigation left to investigate regarding the deaths of Imi and Shackley.
“We are aware of the devastating impact this incident has had on the families of both men and we continue to express our deepest condolences to their loss.”
Coopey would appear in Reading Crown Court, where he appealed his conviction for driving while being disqualified two months after the double fatality.