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Police officer handed driving ban after refusing breath test following crash

A serving Staffordshire Police officer has been banned from driving, after refusing a breath test following a crash in Stoke-on-Trent.

Sergeant Karl Breen, 38, of the Stoke North Neighbourhood Policing Team, pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen of breath following a road traffic collision, which occurred on the evening of 2 March on Wyndham Road in Blurton.

Attending Derby Magistrates Court today (7 May), Sergeant Breen was disqualified from driving for 29 months and fined £85 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge. 

Deputy Chief Constable Nick Baker said: "I am extremely disappointed in this officer's conduct. 

"I want to reassure the public that any officer that chooses to act unlawfully will be held to account for their actions." 

Sergeant Breen remains suspended from duty and internal misconduct proceedings have been initiated.

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