UK cop fired for driving drunk, crashing after lockdown party

Tasia Stephens pictured outside of a hearing for her drunk driving

A 24-year-old British police officer has been fired after she attended a house party during lockdown — boozing it up and later slamming her car into a store, according to a report.

Tasia Stephens also is barred from ever working as a cop again because her behavior could undermine public confidence in law enforcement, Metro UK reported.

The former South Wales officer admitted gross misconduct at a tribunal after attending the party in Treorchy in April 2020, when the country was under lockdown, and driving nearly three times over the limit, according to the outlet.

A misconduct panel told Stephens, who was still a probationary officer, that she had chosen to ignore lockdown restrictions at a time when adhering to them “was nationally important.”

The woman’s representative had argued that she had been “distressed” after dealing with her first on-duty death and visited her aunt on April 25 to seek help processing it, Metro reported.

Stephens also learned that evening about old sexual allegations against a family member, the rep added.

But panel Chairwoman Susan Ridge ultimately decided that they “are satisfied the impact of these issues was not a factor on the night.”

Tasia Stephens pictured outside of a hearing for her drunk driving

“More likely than not you wanted company, took a bottle of wine to a relative’s house, drank alcohol there, then chose to drive,” Ridge said.

Stephens drove for about two miles before crashing into the wall of a shop, causing its owner to suffer a financial loss, according to the report.

She failed a roadside sobriety test and was taken to a police station where she was found to have 90 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood. The legal limit to drive is 35 milligrams of alcohol.

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Stephens pleaded guilty last year to driving under the influence and was given a conditional discharge for 12 months and banned from driving for 15 months.

“We’ve concluded that your conduct, taken as a whole, is so serious that nothing less than dismissal is needed to maintain public confidence,” Ridge said.


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