Drunk PC turned up for work over six times limit for on-duty officers

A police officer has been sacked after he turned up to work more than double the drink-drive limit.

PC Jason McGuinness was also six times over the limit for on-duty officers at the British Transport Police (BTP).

The London-based cop was expected to attend ‘life and death situations’ but ‘put the public at risk’ by turning up drunk, his boss said.

An accelerated misconduct hearing, which McGuinness did not attend, formally dismissed him without notice.

McGuiness was breathalysed at work on October 3 after his colleagues raised concerns about his state.

His blood alcohol content measured 0.081%, more than double the 0.035% driving limit and far over the 0.013% police limit.

A BTP spokesperson added: ‘Breath alcohol levels above [0.013%] can be cognitively and physically impairing.’

McGuinness previously claimed to be going through ‘upheaval’ in his personal life, but did not explain why he turned up drunk for duty.

Chief Constable Lucy D’Orsi said: ‘PC McGuinness started his shift as a frontline response officer, where he could potentially be expected to attend life and death situations in dangerous locations.

‘He was not just slightly over the alcohol limit, but blew over five times it.

‘In making the decision to report for duty in an unfit state due to excess alcohol, he put himself, his colleagues, and the public at risk.

‘This was a serious breach of our standards and values at BTP. It is not acceptable for officers to betray the trust of the public or their colleagues.

‘I have therefore dismissed PC McGuinness with immediate effect.’

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