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US News Wife of American spy fled Britain 'from a US air force base' after 'killing 19-year-old men in hit-and-run car crash'

08:00  09 october  2019
08:00  09 october  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Undated family handout of Charlotte Charles with her son Harry Dunn who died after his motorbike collided with a car near RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on August 27. © Press Association Undated family handout of Charlotte Charles with her son Harry Dunn who died after his motorbike collided with a car near RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on August 27. The wife of a US intelligence agent accused of killing a teenager while driving on the wrong side of the road was flown out of Britain on a private flight, it has emerged. 

Anne Sacoolas, 42, fled the country after 19-year-old Harry Dunn was killed in a head-on collision as she left RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire. 

The mother-of-three claimed diplomatic immunity to avoid prosecution, despite not being on the official London diplomatic list. 

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Video: Harry Dunn's family ask Anne Sacoolas to come back to the UK (The Independent)

She instead used diplomatic immunity under the Vienna Convention, which applied through her husband Jonathan Sacoolas, 43.   

Such immunity is extended to intelligence officers, families and other Americans staff on military bases including RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire, where the crash took place.

a woman posing for a picture: Anne Sacoolas, 42, fled the country after 19-year-old Harry Dunn was killed in a head-on collision as she left RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Anne Sacoolas, 42, fled the country after 19-year-old Harry Dunn was killed in a head-on collision as she left RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire Mrs Sacoolas was allegedly driving her right-hand drive Volvo on the wrong side of the road when the crash happened. Mr Dunn was riding his motorbike and died of his injuries in hospital the following day.  

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Northamptonshire Police, which is investigating Mrs Sacoolas on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, said on Tuesday they had no idea how Mrs Sacoolas left the country. 

The Sacoolas family, including their three children, were flown out of Mildenhall, the US airbase in Suffolk, following the incident in late August, The Telegraph reports.

a man standing in front of a brick wall: Mrs Sacoolas was allegedly driving her right-hand drive Volvo on the wrong side of the road when the crash happened. Mr Dunn was riding his motorbike and died of his injuries in hospital the following day © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mrs Sacoolas was allegedly driving her right-hand drive Volvo on the wrong side of the road when the crash happened. Mr Dunn was riding his motorbike and died of his injuries in hospital the following day It is understood that the family had only been in Britain for three weeks when the crash occurred, and that one of her children was in the car at the time.   

Following Mr Dunn's death, the Sacoolas' have stayed under the radar and avoided detection at their home in Virginia, near to the CIA headquarters at Langley. 

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Mr Dunn's father, Tim Dunn, who described Harry as 'the centrepiece of the family and an amazing lad', said it was only later the family heard the shocking news that she had left the UK, despite allegedly promising the police she was going to stay.

Dalia Grybauskaite et al. looking at the camera: Harry Dunn's parents, Charlotte, left, and Tim, appeared on This Morning to beg the woman accused of killing him to return to Britain to face justice © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Harry Dunn's parents, Charlotte, left, and Tim, appeared on This Morning to beg the woman accused of killing him to return to Britain to face justice Harry's mother, Charlotte Charles, told This Morning: 'We were shocked. Not only mother to mother, but to one set of parents to another. Why did she think it was kind or humane to get on a plane and flee?

'People can't understand why you would just flee. We want to know why she thought it was the right thing to do.'

The couple insist they only want Mrs Sacoolas to return so she has to face up to what she has done, and do not want to see her behind bars.

Ms Charles, who works at a GP surgery, said: 'We don't want to take her away from being a mum.

Boris Johnson et al. sitting at a table: Boris Johnson spoke about the case yesterday as he met mental health professionals at Watford General Hospital on Monday © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Boris Johnson spoke about the case yesterday as he met mental health professionals at Watford General Hospital on Monday 'We were happy to work with the police to have her charge reduce from death by dangerous driving to careless driving so she would get a suspended sentence.

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'She's had six weeks now to come forward. I hope she's going to come back of her own accord.'

Previously, she told the BBC she had heard 'absolutely nothing' from Mrs Sacoolas since the crash: 'That's one of the hardest things that we are having to deal with.

'Now we have got a name and face but still nothing - it just seems inhumane. It doesn't feel right.'  

a sign on the side of a road © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited It recently emerged that Mrs Sacoolas has a previous driving conviction. In 2006, she was fined £200 in Virginia for 'failure to pay full time and attention'.

'Failure to pay full time and attention' is a charge that usually concerns drivers caught making phone calls while driving. Traffic lane discipline is also commonly linked with the charge.

Mrs Sacoolas' husband, Jonathan, works at RAF Croughton, which US intelligence personnel use.

Their children were enrolled at the £24,500-a-year Winchester House private school in Brackley, where Mr Dunn's father worked at as head of maintenance.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie standing in a parking lot: Mr Johnson says that he will tell Donald Trump (pictured on Friday) that diplomatic immunity should not be used in cases like these © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mr Johnson says that he will tell Donald Trump (pictured on Friday) that diplomatic immunity should not be used in cases like these Yesterday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged to contact US President Donald Trump if the country does not revoke Sacoolas' diplomatic immunity.

He vowed to make contact with Mr Trump as well as the US ambassador and said he hoped the matter will be 'resolved'.

Nick Adderley, chief constable of Northamptonshire police, has written to US ambassador Woody Johnson to call for Mrs Sacoolas' immunity to be revoked.

The US Embassy said it would not comment on the identity of the driver who allegedly hit Mr Dunn.

A spokesman said that requests to strip diplomatic immunity garner 'attention at senior levels' but admitted that it is rare to waive immunity.


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