British police will travel to U.S. to interview Anne Sacoolas, American diplomat’s wife suspected in crash that killed English teen

New York Daily News 1 month ago

British police are set to interview the American diplomat’s wife who allegedly caused a crash that killed a British teen in August, officials said.

Officers from Northamptonshire will travel to the U.S. to interview Anne Sacoolas about the Aug. 27 accident in which she allegedly crashed into 19-year-old Harry Dunn on his motorcycle while she was driving on the wrong side of the road.

Dunn was hospitalized in Oxford and died there.

“The suspect has cooperated fully with police and authorities and requested to be interviewed by British police officers under caution in the United States," Chief Constable Nick Adderley of Northamptonshire Police said at a press conference Monday night.

“She did not want to provide a pre-prepared statement, as is her right. As soon as we have the visas available officers from Northamptonshire police will be travelling to the United States.”

Sacoolas, 42, told police after the accident that “she had no plans to leave the country in the near future,” but returned to the United States in early October, Northamptonshire Police said in a statement at the time.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson initially said Sacoolas’ diplomatic immunity should not matter and that she should “engage properly with the processes of law as they are carried out in this country.”

But in mid-October, Dominic Raab, the British foreign secretary, said Sacoolas lost her immunity after going home.

“We have pressed strongly for a waiver of immunity, so that justice can be done... Whilst the US government has steadfastly declined to give that waiver, that is not the end of the matter,” he said in a letter to Dunn’s family, obtained by BBC.

"We have looked at this very carefully... the UK government’s position is that immunity, and therefore any question of waiver, is no longer relevant in Mrs. Sacoolas’s case, because she has returned home.

“The US have now informed us that they too consider that immunity is no longer pertinent.”

Last week, Dunn’s parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, met with President Trump, who tried to arrange a “bombshell” meeting with Sacoolas.

“We want to meet Anne Sacoolas but we want to do it in the UK so the police can interview her,” Tim Dunn told BBC News. “We didn’t want to be railroaded into, not a circus as such, but into a meeting we weren’t prepared for.”

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