A POLICEWOMAN found to be over the drink-drive limit while on duty has been banned from working for the police.
PC Cheryl Rudge was two hours into her shift at Brecon police station in Powys on April 12 when another officer noticed her smelling of alcohol.
She had already driven to a call-out for a missing person.
The 43-year-old (pictured) was breathalysed and found to have 76mg of alcohol in 100ml of her breath — twice the legal driving limit and nearly six times the limit for an on-duty officer.
Rudge, who had an unblemished 21-year record, was arrested and said: ‘This is ridiculous.’ She resigned from Dyfed-Powys Police days before a disciplinary hearing.
Representing her, Sgt Roger Webb told the hearing she apologised and had been worried about her health and that of her husband. Panel chair Ch Con Mark Collins said that her behaviour had ‘fallen far below the standards required’, putting ‘her safety and that of the public at risk’.
Rudge was earlier banned from driving for 15 months after she admitted drink-driving.