Police constable dismissed by Essex Police after caught drink driving
PUBLISHED: 08:30 04 January 2019
A “reckless” police constable who was found guilty of drink driving has been dismissed by Essex Police.
PC Samantha Creighton was dismissed for discreditable conduct in a fast track hearing held by the force.
PC Creighton failed a roadside breath test on September 9, after she was stopped while off duty, a misconduct panel heard on December 20.
She had previously pleaded guilty at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on October 23, to driving with excess alcohol and was banned from driving for 20 months as well as ordered to pay a £490 fine.
Chief Constable BJ Harrington 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.”