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A police detective has been dismissed after he has admitted driving at 90mp and giving a drink-driving reading of over 3 times the legal limit.

Mark O’Brien admitted his offences at Gateshead Magistrates Court and has been banned from driving for 25 months.

After drinking wine at lunch, the court was told how O’Brien was seen swerving from side to side by police officers and ignoring their blue flashing lights. It was only when the police car pulled alongside and officers made eye contact with him that he stopped.

The court also heard that when he got out of his vehicle, O’Brien stumbled and almost fell into the road and that when breathalysed, it showed him to be over 3 times the legal limit.

O’Brien faced a Police Disciplinary Tribunal on 23 May and was subsequently dismissed from the force. Chairwoman Rachel Mangenie told him how he had damaged confidence in the police as she delivered her decision.

“The panel concludes that the appropriate action is dismissal without notice.”

“He has been a very fine police officer and served the public well. Sadly, it’s his actions and the decisions he made that have brought him to this hearing and, ultimately, this outcome.

“He was driving on a busy carriageway. It is only by luck that there was no accident and DC O’Brien did not cause injury to himself or another motorist or passenger.

“This type of offending undermines public confidence. An outcome where he was allowed to remain an officer would seriously undermine the confidence the public has in Northumbria Police.”

O’Brien had worked his way up to the Safe Guarding Unit, working with victims of serious domestic violence and rape.

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