PCSO crashed after drinking at police party

Reporter:

Nathan Rowden

A KNIGHTON-based Police Community Support Officer has been banned from driving and suspended by the police after driving while more than double the drink drive limit.

PCSO Robert Smith, 21, lost control of his car close to his home at Llanddew, near Brecon, after driving 30 miles from a Dyfed Powys Police Christmas party in Llandrindod Wells on Friday, December 17.

In December Dyfed Powys Police led and launched the Welsh drink drive campaign with the widower of a woman who was killed by a drink driver.

The PCSO, who had been with the Knighton Policing Team since November 2009, was found with 81 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit being 35.

Chief Inspector Ian Thomas, lead for Dyfed Powys Roads Policing said that Smith’s actions were ‘disappointing’.

“I can confirm that Mr Smith is employed by Dyfed Powys Police as a Police Community Support Officer,” he said. “It is an offence to drive while under the influence of drink or drugs. We will deal with anyone they catch committing this offence and they will be brought to justice.

“It is disappointing that a member of our staff committed such an offence. He was immediately suspended from duty and an internal disciplinary investigation is still underway. The message I would like to convey is that drink driving is an offence and socially unacceptable and Dyfed-Powys Police will not tolerate it.”

Smith was banned from driving for 20 months and ordered to pay a £350 fine.

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