Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Drink-Drive PC Who Hit School Railings Is Sacked

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Drink-Drive PC Who Hit School Railings Is Sacked

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Byline: Sean Seddon Reporter sean.seddon@trinitymirror.com @seddonnews

ADRINK driver police officer who ploughed his car into primary school railings in Northumberland has been sacked from his force.

PC Christopher Walton, of Northumbria Police, was dismissed for gross misconduct having already been banned from driving at Newcastle Magistrates' Court following a drink drive conviction.

The former special branch officer, who was once celebrated for saving somebody from a burning building, was driving on the wrong side of the road when he crashed.

A disciplinary hearing concluded it was "extremely fortunate" no one was hurt by Walton's actions.

The 47-year-old did not attend but his Police Federation representative, Michael Kelliher, confirmed that he accepted the charge.

Northumbria Police solicitor Hay-ley Hebb said Walton was under the influence when driving between the Northumberland villages of Catton and Allendale shortly after 2pm on May 24, 2017.

He was spotted by another driver, who happened to be a colleague from Hexham police station, driving on the wrong side of the road while off duty.

The driver beeped her horn and Walton moved over to the correct side but, as he turned into Shilburn Road, he once again veered into the wrong lane before colliding with railings outside a school.

When the witness got out of her car to help she immediately recognised Walton and said his speech was slurred and that he could barely walk.

He was arrested and taken into custody shortly after and officers reported that he smelled of alcohol and was clearly intoxicated.

When asked if he was drunk, Walton told the arresting officers "I know, I know, you don't know what I've been through".

Appearing at Newcastle Magistrates' Court on June 23, he was banned from driving for 22 months, fined PS399 and ordered to pay PS85 is costs. …

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