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Police officer sacked after refusing to be breathalysed after crash

A serving Staffordshire police officer has been sacked after being convicted of a driving offence. 

Sergeant Karl Breen of the Stoke North Neighbourhood Policing Team, was convicted for failing to provide a specimen of breath following a collision on the evening of 2 March on Wyndham Road in Blurton.

Attending Derby Magistrates Court last month, the 38-year-old was disqualified from driving for 29 months, fined £100, required to complete 300 hours of unpaid work and given a 12 month community order. 

At a Special Case Hearing today (5 June), there was a finding of gross misconduct. 

Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police,  Gareth Morgan, said: "Officers and staff are held to a high standard of professional behaviour both on and off duty, which the public rightfully expect.

"It is clear this officer has fallen below the standard expected and the circumstances warrant dismissal without notice." 

Sergeant Breen had been with Staffordshire Police for 17 years and had been suspended from duty since the collision.

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