A POLICE officer who challenged his colleagues to a race before causing £48,000 of damage in a 100mph smash is back behind the wheel — and has been promoted.
Daniel Guest, who is based at Rotherham’s Main Street police station, wrote off two police cars, damaged six other vehicles and injured three colleagues when he crashed a police car while responding to a possible serious assault.
Less than six months after he pleaded guilty to careless driving at Leeds Crown Court, he is back on full duties — and has been made a temporary sergeant.
The promotion means the convicted copper will be taking home around £40,000 a year.
In September, he was fined £400 and given five points on his licence at Leeds Crown Court after admitting careless driving.
Following his sentencing, he had potentially faced a final written warning or dismissal from the force.
But a South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said this week that the officer had gone through an internal disciplinary and had resumed full duties — including driving.
She also confirmed Sgt Guest was “currently occupying the role of Temporary Sergeant”.
Guest had reached speeds of between 94mph and 99mph on Shepcote Lane, Sheffield — a dual carriageway with a 40mph limit — shortly after leaving the nearby South Yorkshire Police custody suite at 10.30pm on November 2, 2017.
His colleague, who was driving a Peugeot to the same incident, was driving on the inside lane at around 70mph.
Guest lost control of the BMW 330 he was driving, which careered onto the other side of the road and crashed into a wall.
The police vehicle was shunted back across the road, crashing into the Peugeot.
Six cars parked nearby were damaged by debris, and both police cars — worth around £20,000 each — were written off.
The court heard that Guest had said “race you” to the officers in the other vehicle when he had been leaving the police station.
He initially denied dangerous driving but a guilty plea to the lesser charge was accepted by the CPS on the day his trial was due to begin.
Judge Rodney Jameson QC described the crash as a “particularly bad misjudgement” which had “serious consequences”.
The force had previously banned him from driving while on duty prior to his court hearing.