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15 February 2017 | Updated 01 January 1970

An employment hopeful attended an interview for a support staff role within Greater Manchester Police (GMP) well over the legal drink drive limit, only to be promptly arrested before being disqualified from driving.

On the 25th January, two senior GMP employees were together holding interviews. An external applicant in his 50s was brought into an office and one of the GMP interviewers engaged in the usual small talk to put the candidate at ease.

The GMP interviewer said: “I asked if he had any trouble in finding us. As soon as he began to speak I could smell alcohol on his breath. He mentioned that he had trouble in finding somewhere to park, which immediately raised concerns.

“I decided to continue with the interview, which lasted for about an hour but throughout the whole time I was sure that the candidate smelt strongly of drink."

At end of the end of interview, the GMP employee made an excuse to leave the room and sought advice from a police officer on what to do next.

A Traffic Officer was called for, who asked the candidate if had been drinking before attending the interview, to which the man replied no. The officer then asked if he had been drinking the previous night. The man said he'd been out the night before for a meal with his wife, where they had shared a bottle of wine.


The officer breathalysed him. The results from the breath test showed the male was over the legal drink drive limit.

On February 10, at the Bury and Rochdale Magistrates' Court, the offender pleaded guilty to being in control of a vehicle while over the legal drink driving limit. The man was disqualified from holding a driving licence for one year, to be reduced to seven months if successfully completing a drink driving awareness course within in a given time. He was also handed fines totalling £235.00."

Inspector Tony Allt, of GMP’s Roads Policing Unit, said: “There are a number of factors that can determine how alcohol is absorbed and processed in the body. For the individual in this case to give a reading of 46 micrograms, remembering that the legal limit is 35, clearly shows that a significant amount of drink must have been consumed if indeed it were consumed the previous evening."

Picture: A candidate was too drunk to drive home from his interview

Article written by Cathryn Ellis | Published 15 February 2017


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