Sunshine Coast police officer sacked for drink-driving
An unlucky one got caught
A SUNSHINE Coast police officer has become the first in Queensland to be sacked under the Commissioner's new drink-driving policy. The 30-year-old constable recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.235 - almost five times the legal limit - when he was stopped by police at 1am on July 19, 2009. He was off-duty and driving his own car on the Sunshine Motorway at Marcoola.
The officer was stood down from duties ahead of his court appearance in September, at which he pleaded guilty to drink driving. An Ethical Standards Command investigation was held and today he was dismissed by the Deputy Commissioner.
The new drink driving policy was introduced on July 1 last year after Commissioner Bob Atkinson became concerned about a spate of officers being caught over-the-limit while off-duty.