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PC caught drink-driving while off duty

A POLICE officer has appeared in court this week after being charged with one count of drink-driving.

PC James Hayward, 20, from Kingston St Mary, pleaded guilty to driving a privately-owned vehicle on March 12 when over the legal alcohol limit.

He was stopped by officers near Taunton and a roadside breath test revealed he was over the limit.

At Exeter Magistrates Court on Tuesday (May 4), Hayward was handed a 17-month driving disqualification, fined £197 and order to pay £85 costs and £34 victim surcharge.

Misconduct proceedings against PC Hayward are progressing.

A hearing into whether his actions amount to gross misconduct is due to be heard on Wednesday, May 12.

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