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On the 28th of April 2014, Detective Chief Superintendent David Knopwood had been to a nearby pub to relax before driving home. He was pulled over and given a roadside breath test. The result showed him to be nearly twice the legal alcohol limit for driving. This was apparently after drinking two pints. His reading was 60 micrograms for every 100 millilitres. For reference, the legal limit is 35 but prosecutions are from 40.

He was taken to the police station, where he refused to give a sample. He was told in court he would be banned from driving for 12 months and given a £1000 fine. However, the court said he could have his driving ban reduced by 12 weeks, if he attended an awareness course for drink-driving.

West Yorkshire police said that he had been dismissed without any notice for gross misconduct. The department said that they expect the highest standards of professionalism and having been a police officer for 24 years, this was unacceptable.


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