Policewoman, 24, 'went to boozy lockdown party before driving home drunk & crashing into house'February 16, 2021
A POLICEWOMAN reportedly went to a boozy lockdown party before driving home drunk and crashing into a house.
Police constable Tasia Stephens is facing the sack after allegedly breaching lockdown rules to attend a family party, then driving home while over the legal limit and crashing.
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The 24-year-old South Wales officer was off-duty when she crashed her car into a house on a Saturday night in April last year, during the first lockdown.
Stephens was reportedly found to be over the legal limit when she was breathalysed by an officer following the crash.
The UK was under strict stay-at-home rules in April, with those in Wales banned from meeting either indoors or outdoors with people from other households.
Stephens could be barred from police service if she is found guilty.
She is a former top youth athlete – and was tipped to rise through the ranks of the force.
But she has now been accused of breaching strict stay-at-home rules set by the Welsh government as well as drink-driving.
The charges say: “It is alleged that PC Tasia Stephens, when off duty, on the night of 25/26 April 2020, breached Welsh Government lockdown restrictions by attending a family house party.
“That on the same night she then drove when unfit to do so, colliding her car with a building.
“Having failed a breathalyser test that night, the officer was subsequently convicted in the Magistrates Court of driving a motor vehicle when over the prescribed limit.
“It is alleged that breaking Welsh Government lockdown restrictions, driving when unfit, and being convicted of such an offence breaches the Standards of Professional Behaviour in relation to Discreditable Conduct.
"If proven the breaches whether taken individually or cumulatively amount to Gross Misconduct that is so serious as to justify dismissal.”
The hearing was scheduled to take place in Pencoed, Bridgend, next week, Wales News Service reported.
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