A Birmingham police sergeant has been sacked for ramming her Audi TT into the front of a car dealership in West Bromwich whilst drunk.
5 APRIL 2016 | UPDATED: 6 APRIL 2016 | BY Nick McCarthy FOR BIRMINGHAM MAIL
Shirley Worrall, who was a local intelligence supervisor in Stechford, was sacked without notice at a misconduct hearing in Sheldon.
The 42-year-old smashed her silver car into the front windows of the Vauxhall dealership in Spon Lane on February 17 whilst off-duty.
The officer of nearly 15 years experience was arrested, breathalysed and charged with drink driving after she was found to be nearly twice the legal limit.
She pleaded guilty to drink driving at Birmingham Magistrates Court last month and was banned from driving for 18 months, fined £500 and ordered to pay costs of £135.
The Chief Constable of West Midlands Police, David Thompson, acknowledged that her behaviour was out of character, but he sacked her without notice after finding her guilty of gross misconduct.
The officer did not attend the hearing but apologised in a written statement that was read out by her Police Federation representative John Tooms.
He said: “She fully accepts what she did was wrong. Up until this point she has had an exemplary record and this was totally out of character.
“This was a one-off error of judgement, but it’s one that she knows will probably lead her to lose the job that she loves. She apologises for her actions and knows that she has let everyone down.”
The hearing also heard a statement from Superintendent Chris Todd who heads up the force intelligence department where she had worked since 2012. A silver Audi TT similar to the one driven by Sergeant Shirley Worrall
Supt Todd said he would be happy for the officer to continue under his command where she led a team of officers covering east Birmingham.
He said the officer had demonstrated “considerable disappointment in herself” since the incident and added that she was a “dedicated, dependable and experienced officer.”
Describing it as a “sad way for her to end her career” Chief Constable Thompson said all officers must act within the law.
In dismissing her without notice he added: “Criminal convictions undermine the practical ability to police. They cut right to the heart of public trust in the police service and drink driving is a particularly serious matter.”
“The offence does seem to be out of character. It’s a sad way to end her career but I do not believe that the officer can be effective or one who can command the trust and confidence of the public in future.”