Cop who slammed into driver will testify

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An experienced Sydney police officer who caused severe head injuries to another driver while speeding after a mobile phone-user will give evidence in his trial.

Harry Thomas Little was clocked at 133km/h one second before his highway patrol car crashed into Gai Vieira's Mercedes in September 2018.

A baby in her back seat was uninjured but the Sydney woman was left with a brain injury "from which she will likely never recover", crown prosecutor Carl Young told the District Court earlier.

The then-68-year-old has no memory of the incident and was unable to provide a statement.

The 42-year-old police officer has pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.

Witnesses driving along Cronulla's six-lane Kingsway at the same time have already testified to seeing no indicator, police lights or sirens coming from Little's car as it zigzagged around traffic more than 60km/h above the 70-zone speed limit.

On Friday defence barrister Hament Dhanji SC confirmed he would call upon the senior sergeant on Monday despite their being no obligation for him to give evidence or expose himself to cross-examination.

It's agreed that Little accelerated quickly to 122km/h, "braked heavily and slowed" to about 73km/h to move around an L-plater and then accelerated again once back in the right lane.

"He'll tell you ... that he passed the learner driver and at that stage, with the road opening up in front of him, he activated the warning lights on the police vehicle by pressing the primary button," Mr Dhanji said.

"He delayed doing that until that point in the process because he wanted to go past the vehicles ... without triggering anything that was going to change their behaviour or cause them to behave erratically or attempt to pull over."

Kamil Kozlowski was driving on his L-plates and noticed Little's car speeding up in rear-view mirror before it quickly overtook him without indicators or lights and sirens, he said.

Little's defence earlier argued that he honestly believed he had switched his lights on, while other highway patrol officers have testified to having tried and failed in the past to do so if the button is incorrectly pushed.

Officer in charge of the investigation Detective Superintendent Craig Middleton read aloud Little's police statement in which he stated he first saw Ms Viera's car when it pulled out from Connels Road and drove straight across the Kingsway.

"The driver appeared to look at me and stopped," his statement read, before adding that he attempted to steer into the gutter but was unable to avoid the collision.

The trial continues.