Stowmarket: Police officer denies drink-driving and failing to stop

A SUFFOLK police officer is due to stand trial after being arrested by colleagues for alleged drink-driving.

Matthew Stott, of Stowmarket, is also accused of failing to stop for a police officer following an alleged incident on the A14.

The 43-year-old has denied both charges and is scheduled to appear before Norwich Magistrates Court for his trial on February 18.

Suffolk Constabulary has confirmed Stott is currently suspended from duty pending on full pay pending the outcome of the case.

Prior to his suspension he worked in the crime investigation bureau at Martlesham police headquarters.

It is understood the drink-driving charge alleges that Stott had 42 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath when he was breath-tested. The legal limit is 35 mcgs.

Stott was arrested at his home address following the alleged incident early on September 22.

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His first appearance on the charges was at West Suffolk Magistrates Court in Bury St Edmunds.

However, the case was transferred to Norwich Magistrates Court for a further hearing on October 25, at which Stott pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Stott is believed to have been a police officer for around 23 years.

Lucy Sheehan, a spokeswoman for Suffolk Constabulary, confirmed the charges facing the officer.

She said: “Matthew Stott, 43, from Kingfisher Road, Stowmarket, has been charged with driving a motor vehicle with excess alcohol and failing to stop for a police officer.

“The charges relate to an alleged incident, which happened on the A14 at Stowmarket in the early hours of Saturday, September 22. He was later arrested in Kingfisher Road, Stowmarket.

“Matthew Stott has been suspended from his role as a serving police officer, and the matter has been passed to Suffolk Constabulary’s Professional Standards Department.

“Matthew Stott was not on duty when the incident happened.’

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