Police officer found guilty of drink driving police van

A police officer who was caught driving a police van while drunk has been banned for a year.

Newcastle Magistrates’ Court heard how a duty sergeant smelled alcohol on PC Ivan Alexander Allonby’s breath when he returned to Barrow Police Station last year.

Allonby, was given a breath test which shown 48 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres breath.

The police officer pleaded not guilty to driving and claimed he was not driving the van, with the call sign ’02’ at the time of the alleged offence.

Mr Paul Currer, defending, told the court there was no way of proving that Allonby was in the police van, however, the court heard a transcript of the radio conversation between the police officer and a communications officer in which he said: ‘I’m in 02, I’m a bit away but I’ll start heading there just in case.’

Allonby was found guilty of drink driving and was disqualified from driving for 12 months.  He was also fined a total of £1165.

PC Allonby remains suspended and will be subject to an internal misconduct investigation.

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