Drunk Trentham police officer Scott Bradbury was four times legal limit
A POLICE officer has been forced to quit the force and given a suspended prison sentence – two weeks after he drove to work drunk.
PC Scott Bradbury won commendations for his pioneering work spotting football hooligans.
But today his 22-year 'unblemished' career is in tatters after colleagues smelled alcohol on his breath when he turned up at Staffordshire Police headquarters.
A test revealed he was four times over the legal limit.
The 41-year-old, of The Mead, Trentham, has been handed a three-year driving ban after pleading guilty to drink driving.
He admitted in court he was 'embarrassed' and 'ashamed' of his actions.
Katie Price, prosecuting at Telford Magistrates Court yesterday, said: "On September 26, the defendant arrived at work. Colleagues smelled alcohol on his breath. He was breathalysed. He made a full admission."
The court heard Bradbury had won two commendations for his work picking out yobs blighting football matches in England and abroad.
But a knee injury meant he was later restricted to desk duties in the control room at the headquarters in Weston Road, Stafford.
Bradbury resigned on Friday after admitting he had 'turned' to alcohol.
He had earlier been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, brought on by 'situations' he had witnessed during his time in the force.
Rachel Mason, mitigating, said: "He drove to work not knowing he was four times the legal alcohol limit.
"As a result of this he resigned from his post. He has been left devastated, he did love his job.
"He's extremely remorseful and deeply saddened.
"He's not only embarrassed for himself and his family, but for Staffordshire Police as a whole."
As well as the ban, Bradbury was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to carry out 100 hours' unpaid work.
He must also complete a drink-driving awareness course and was also ordered to pay £85 costs.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: "The vast majority of officers and police staff work hard and with integrity to serve their communities. Where officers commit crime – as on this occasion – they will be dealt with swiftly and firmly."