Police Officer Who Attended The Lockdown Party Dismissed From The Force

Posted by Abdul Rafay in News On 25th February 2021
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After violating lockdown laws for attending a party and then crashing her car over the drink-drive limit, a police officer was sacked.

At a South Wales Police hearing, PC Tasia Stephens admitted her behavior amounted to gross misconduct. She was sacked and barred from working in police departments.

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During the first national lockdown, PC Tasia Stephens broke the tough Covid rules when she was off-duty.

When she crashed into a house less than two miles from her home, the 24-year-old rookie South Wales officer had been sinking wine.

She was found to be more than twice the drink-drive limit when she was breathalyzed.

Stephens was told at a hearing that day that she had dealt with her first "sudden death episode" and needed company when she attended the gathering at the home of her aunt.

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Following a police brutality hearing, she was sacked from the force today.

Panel member Susan Ridge, said: "Your conduct was very serious. You were aware that you were drinking but, upon arriving home, you decided to drive for two miles before colliding with a wall.

"You drove knowing you had been drinking and such conduct is likely to undermine public confidence in policing.

"You gave no regard for the obvious risks of driving while under the influence of alcohol.

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"You drove your car for a short distance. You were stopped by your colleagues and spoke to a number of them.

"You could have taken that opportunity to consider your actions but you chose to drive on."

"In April last year, Stephens violated the rules with three family members after wanting "company," the hearing was told.

She had been at the bash in "good spirits" but became angry when a relative was told she had a hidden history of sexual abuse.

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A family member walked home to Stephens, but later picked up her car keys when she returned and drove off.

A colleague, who noticed her car just minutes into the drive, stopped her, but they didn't know she was drunk and let her go.

Less than two miles from her home, Stephens then crashed into a house.

The cop was breathalyzed and found that in 100ml of breath she had 90mg of alcohol - the legal limit is 35mg.

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In July of last year, Stephens, of Treorchy, Rhondda, was accused of drink driving at Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates' court.

She has been tipped to rise through the ranks of the force as a former elite youth athlete.

Ms. Ridge added: "You decided you wanted some company, you took some wine, you drank some wine there.

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"We are satisfied that you decided to drink alcohol on a sociable evening which led to your acts that night."

"We concluded that your misconduct was very serious."

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