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.”
“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.
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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