West Midlands Police detective resigns after admitting drink driving while off duty
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A former police officer who admitted drink driving while off duty, would have been sacked at a misconduct hearing had he not already resigned, West Midlands Police said.
Former DC Carl Wharmby admitted the charge at Leicester and Rutland Magistrates Court on 13 April and was given a 15-month disqualification and fined.
A misconduct hearing, chaired on Friday (July 1) by Chief Constable Sir David Thompson, found the officer had breached the standards of professional behaviour, namely discreditable conduct.
Sir David said: “The College of Policing guidance makes it clear that it is never acceptable for police officers who uphold the law to break the law. Drink driving is a serious matter that places the public in grave risk of harm. It is a serious criminal matter.”
The 53-year-old officer resigned in June after serving 20 years with West Midlands Police and was most recently a detective in Force CID. He will now be placed on the College of Policing Barred List preventing him from working in policing again.
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