Police officer ‘broke lockdown rules to attend party’ before drink-drive crash

A young female police officer who allegedly broke lockdown rules by going to a boozy family party before she was convicted for drink-driving on her way home faces a misconduct hearing that could result in her losing her job if found guilty.

PC Tasia Stephens, 24, was off-duty when she crashed her car into a house after the family party on a Saturday night during first lockdown.

The PC failed a drink-drive test when double the limit when she was breathalysed by fellow officers after crashing into a house on April 25.

PC Stephens, of Rhondda, South Wales, was convicted of drink driving at magistrates court and is accused of gross misconduct.

But the officer with the South Wales force faces being barred from the police service if she is found guilty.

The South Wales Police officer will face a misconduct hearing over the allegations that she broke lockdown rules, drove when unfit, and that being convicted of the offences amounts to discreditable conduct.

She is a former top youth athlete – and was tipped to rise the ranks of the force.

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But she accused of breaking strict stay-at-home rules by the Welsh government as well as drink-driving.

The alleged incident happened just one day after First Minister Mark Drakeford had announced Wales's first lockdown exit plan.

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 and if proven the breaches whether taken individually or cumulatively amount to Gross Misconduct that is so serious as to justify dismissal."

The hearing will take place on Monday in Pencoed, Bridgend, but is closed to the public due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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