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Essex police officer sacked for drink driving

PUBLISHED: 18:11 20 December 2018 | UPDATED: 18:12 20 December 2018

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A police officer who failed a roadside breath test in Essex has been dismissed for "unprofessional and reckless" behaviour.

PC Samantha Creighton was caught driving while over the limit by an off duty officer in September.

She has now been sacked from the force for discreditable conduct following a fast track hearing.

PC Creighton pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol at Colchester Magistrates’ Court in October, and was handed a 20-month driving ban and £490 fine.

Essex Police Chief Constable BJ Harrington described her actions as “unprofessional and reckless”.

He said: “The consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can be catastrophic and devastate lives.

“Too often officers attend and witness the horrors of a collision involving a drink or drug driver. There are simply no excuses that one of our own officers, either off or on duty, got behind the wheel of her vehicle after drinking too much.

“We have a duty to keep all road users and pedestrians safe and I had no option but to dismiss PC Samantha Creighton for her illegal, unprofessional and reckless behaviour despite her previous creditable service.

“Today’s outcome should act as a reminder to everyone, that Essex Police deals appropriately with drink driving.”

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