Cop's son, 18, who started offending at 12 & mowed down and killed 2 men is let out of jail after just a WEEK

AN 18-year-old who escaped prison despite mowing down two work pals but was later imprisoned for driving while disqualified has been let out of jail after just ONE WEEK.

Max Coopey, from Ascot, was over the drug-drive limit last August when he ploughed into Jason Imi, 48, and John Shackley, 61, who died instantly as they walked back from a work dinner.

Despite being under the influence of the Class B drug, the teen was spared jail at his trial in January this year.

He was given 100 hours of community service, a £105 fine and banned from the road for two years.

However he was then caught behind the wheel of a car just two months after killing the men.

He was jailed for three months last week for that offence at Reading Magistrates' Court.

However Coopey was today granted bail by a judge after he heard the teen wanted to appeal against his sentence.


Today at Reading Crown Court, Coopey's lawyer Rebecca Hadgett, said: "This is something [he] feels very strongly about.

"He is a young man. He was 17 at the time of the offence and he has never been in custody before.

"In fact he has never had any custodial sentence or even had a suspended sentence order.

"This is a notable step up from previous sentences, especially for a youth at the time of the offending behaviour."

Ms Hadgett argued Coopey should be bailed until the application could be heard.

She added: "He understands it is very much in his interests to attend any appeal. He has been seeking a referral in relation to his mental health, he has issues with anxiety and depression.

"Next year he wants to go to university…he has desires to go into mobile catering."

Judge Edward Burgess said he would bail Coopey despite his previous convictions which he described as "not an attractive history for one so young."

Jai Patel, prosecuting, told the court: "He was convicted of common assault when he was 12 years old in December 2013. He then has a conviction for robbery in March 2015, when he was 13 years old at the time of the offence.

"He has a conviction for handling stolen goods when he was aged 14 years and possession of cannabis when he was 15 years old."

However Judge Burgess said: "Because he is so young, it is not a happy picture…but there appears to have been something of a slowing down in the rate of offending."

The judge explained Coopey would have to stay at his parents' £1million house in Ascot, have an electronically monitored curfew between 8pm and 7am and was not allowed to sit in the front seat of any vehicle.

He said: "If by any chance he is offered a lift in a motor vehicle that only has front seats, he cannot get into it."


Speaking today Mr Shackley's daughter Danielle blasted the decision.

She said: "Coopey has kept getting lenient sentences and everyone says you cannot claim it is because he is the son of police officers.

"If it were a poor boy from a council estate, he would have been put in prison a long time ago and he would have been put in prison for killing two people as well.

"His parents have brought him up to be the person that he is. He is spoilt, he has always got his own way and he is still getting his own way again, even above the law."

The latest news comes after it was revealed Coopey faces a new police probe into the crash that killed Mr Imi and Mr Shackley.

Coopey, who had passed his test two months before the crash in August 2018, gave "no comment" answers in interviews to police after he was arrested.

His silence, and a lack of witnesses to the late-night crash, left Thames Valley Police reliant on a collision investigation report.

He first spoke about the fatal crash at an inquest in July.

Coopey, who admitted smoking cannabis before the crash, said: "I first braked when they were on the pavement because they are looking out on the road as if they are going to cross."

Nicholas Hinchliffe QC, for the families, said a tyre mark on the road matching the tread of the Audi A5 showed Coopey had applied the brakes only at the point of impact, despite having at least two seconds to react.

Thames Valley Police confirmed it was reviewing the inquest statements. It could lead to Coopey being rearrested and charged again.

Coopey, the son of a Met police sergeant, was prosecuted for drug-driving rather than death by dangerous or careless driving.

Thames Valley Police did not consult the Crown Prosecution Service.

The families of Mr Shackley, from Milton Keynes, and Mr Imi, from Twickenham, have called on police to reopen the case.

The £35,000 sports car Coopey was driving hit the two work pals as they crossed the road in Ascot last August.

The impact was so hard that they were thrown over its roof and they were both killed instantly.

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