Police officer’s son who killed two in Audi but was spared jail is pictured

Police officer’s son who killed two in Audi but was spared jail is pictured


This is the first photo of the police officer's reckless son who was spared jail after ploughing into and killing two men in his parents' Audi.

Max Coopey, 18, was high on cannabis when he struck Jason Imi, 48, and his colleague John Shackley, 61.

But Thames Valley Police did not prosecute Coopey for causing death by dangerous or careless driving .

The teen was instead spared jail for drug-driving in January and magistrates at his trial barred the press from identifying him until he turned 18.

But now Coopey, who had already racked up five convictions for seven offences between the ages of 12 and 17, has been named for the first time.

Pictures of the teenager show him blithely walking down a street this week.

Reading Youth Magistrates Court heard Coopey had smoked cannabis with friends and then took them for a drive the powerful Audi A5 in August last year in Sunninghill, near the £1million family home in Ascot, Berkshire.

But he hit and killed dad-to-three Mr Imi and Mr Shackley who had just enjoyed a meal out with colleagues.

Coopey was arrested later the same day on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. Police found 3.3mcg of cannabis in his bloodstream.

However after an investigation Thames Valley Police concluded Coopey's driving was not careless, dangerous, or impaired by drugs.

He was charged only in relation to driving with drugs in his system – not in relation to the deaths.

Asked about the charge, the Crown Prosecution Service told MailOnline Thames Valley had "not consulted" with them over the case.

A police spokesman said: "Thames Valley Police liaised with the Crown Prosecution Service regarding this case, after a full and thorough investigation it was concluded that the evidence gathered did not meet the threshold to charge the driver with a standard of driving offence."

Coopey, who passed his test only two months before the fatal collision, told the court: "I had smoked four or five hours prior to that. Now I would never go near a car.

"I genuinely thought I wasn't impaired. I had no idea I was over the limit, otherwise I wouldn't have driven a car at that time."

He said: "I had tears in my eyes when I was listening to the families' statements. I can't describe in words how I feel about it. 

"It is the most unfortunate thing. It really has affected my mental well-being."

The defendant, whose mother was until last year a Met Police schools liaison PC, was ordered to carry out 100 hours' community service.

He was also disqualified from driving for 24 months and charged £105 in costs, which his parents said they would pay.

Sentencing Coopey, presiding magistrate Penny Wood she and her colleagues' "initial thinking" was to jail Coopey, saying: "It can't be right to drive your car and knock down two people, innocent pedestrians and kill them."

But she added: "There are no charges in relation to the standard of your driving on that day. But we can begin by saying so it can be heard by anyone in the court, that we take this extremely seriously."

Mr Imi, from Twickenham, southwest London, and Mr Shackley, from Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, worked together at a computing firm and were returning to a hotel in the town after a works dinner.

Their heartbroken widows gave written statements to January's trial.

Mrs Imi said: "We had so many plans for our future together and I feel that has been stolen from us.

"Why was he driving a car that powerful? It seems like no lessons have been learned."

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