Cop allegedly caught drunk while on duty
A police constable was due to appear before a Siparia Magistrate on Monday after he was allegedly held operating a marked police vehicle while under the influence.
The officer, sources said, was also on duty at the time.
According to police reports, at about 6:00 pm on Saturday, the officer, who was in police uniform, was at the scene of a shooting along Anthony Branch Trace, Quinam Road, Siparia.
Inspector Subero was one of the senior officers tasked with overseeing inquiries.
However, when the inspector arrived, he observed the constable – said to be a Special Reserve Police (SRP) officer – standing near to a marked police vehicle.
The loud conversations between the constable and a corporal drew the attention of the inspector.
The inspector had cause to speak to the constable and detected the smell of alcohol on his breath.
He inquired from the officer if he had driven the vehicle to the crime scene and if he was still in charge.
When the police constable acknowledged he was the inspector informed the junior officer of his decision to conduct a breathalyzer test on him.
The junior officer failed the test and, after the requisite secondary test at a nearby police station was also failed, he was a result he was charged.
More on this as it becomes available.