Drink-drive police officer banned

A Suffolk police officer who kept his driving licence despite speeding at 100 miles an hour has been convicted again, this time for drink-driving.

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Drink drive police officer - Suffolk Police statement

PC Matthew Stott Credit: ITV News Anglia

Suffolk Police have released the following statement in response to the conviction of PC Matthew Stott on drink driving charges: "Matthew Stott was suspended from his role as a serving police officer after his arrest and charge for drink driving.

"Following his guilty plea at Norwich Magistrates Court this morning, Monday 18 February, Suffolk Constabulary’s Professional Standards Department will look at what additional action may now be taken against him.

"The public rightly expects the highest standards from our officers, who should act with integrity and professionalism at all times. Unfortunately in this instance this was not the case."

Drink-drive police officer banned from roads

PC Matthew Stott at an earlier hearing Credit: ITV News Anglia

A police officer who kept his driving licence despite speeding at 100mph has been convicted again after being caught drink-driving.

PC Matthew Stott, 45, admitted driving while over the legal limit on the A14 in Suffolk in September last year when he appeared at Norwich Magistrates' Court.

Prosecutor Oliver Haswell told the court that Stott - who admitted speeding in a 70mph zone in 2009 but kept his licence and job - had failed to stop for two police cars thinking it was "former colleagues playing a prank".

But Mr Haswell said Stott's passenger had repeatedly told him "just stop" as cars with flashing lights chased him after spotting a defective rear light.

Two police cars attempted a "boxing in" manoeuvre to force him to stop but had to abort this when it became clear he would not stop.

Mr Haswell added Stott, who claimed to have drunk two large glasses of wine, panicked and told his female passenger: "My job, my job, I'm going to lose everything and I've only got six years left."

He eventually reached his home in Kingfisher Road, Stowmarket, where he agreed to a breath test.

District judge Peter Veits banned Stott from driving for 12 months and ordered him to pay a fine and legal costs totalling £1,115.

He said: "You must deal with drink driving on a regular basis and you must see the consequences of that.

Stott was previously convicted of driving at more than 30mph above the normal limit at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court in Ipswich.

He told the court he had been suffering from stress and was late for work.


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