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03-24-08, 02:54 PM #1
Police Officer admits to drinking 18 beers, then going on duty to make an arrest. This officer was NOT disciplined.
A POLICE officer who admitted to drinking at least 18 beers before going on duty to carry out a breath test has not been disciplined.
Instead, Senior-Constable Adam Reedy has been promoted – despite telling a court last month about a wild night in Cunnamulla that ended with him knocked unconscious after trying to arrest a woman.
Reedy was at the Warrego Hotel about 10pm on May 14, 2005, when asked by colleagues to carry out a breath test.
After the test he drank two rums at the Club Hotel and about 12.45am declared himself on duty to arrest local woman Corrinne Mitchell, who he says spat on him, sparking a fight that ended in Reedy being flown to Toowoomba Hospital for treatment.
Three people pleaded guilty to charges over the incident but five others fought the charges, which were dropped last month when a judge ruled Reedy's evidence unreliable.
A police spokesman said the matter was being reviewed but "at this time the Queensland Police Service has not received any complaint about the matter".
Reedy, who is now a plainclothes detective in Cairns, admitted in the District Court in Charleville to drinking about two mid-strength beers per hour between 10am and 6pm while off-duty at a golf function.
From there, the then-constable went to a barbecue where he continued to consume alcohol, before moving on to the Warrego Hotel about 10pm.
In court, defence barrister Phil Hardcastle asked Reedy: "Now how many drinks did you have at the Warrego before you went back on duty to do this breath test?"
"Mate, it was just one drink all up," Reedy replied.
Mr Hardcastle says: "Then you drop into the Club Hotel. You have two rum and Cokes and you're called away by Senior Constable Lahey?"
"Yep," Reedy replies.
An attempt by Constable Lahey to take Reedy home failed – he returned instead to the Club Hotel where he was later assaulted by a group of people after he put himself back on duty and tried to arrest Ms Mitchell.
In court, Crown witnesses backed the defendants' claim that Reedy had directed racial comments at Aborigines in a bar and then dragged Ms Mitchell by her hair, pulling clumps out.
Reedy denied the claims.
A statement from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions states the charge of grievous bodily harm against Ms Mitchell and four others was thrown out because "the judge concluded that it would be unsafe to rely on the complainant's memory to establish guilt beyond doubt".
"The reasons for this were that the complainant had consumed a large amount of alcohol before the injuries were inflicted . . . and he had been knocked unconscious in the attack."
A police spokesman admitted a driver had been charged over the earlier breath test performed by Reedy.
Queensland Council for Civil Liberties vice-president Terry O'Gorman said the public had the right to have their breath tests carried out by officers who were not affected by alcohol.
QPS policy states officers who have a blood alcohol content above .02 face disciplinary action.
Mr O'Gorman called for a Crime and Misconduct Commission inquiry into the police handling of the matter.
A police spokesman said Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson and Reedy were unavailable for comment.
03-24-08, 03:06 PM #2
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03-24-08, 03:15 PM #3
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03-24-08, 08:01 PM #4
This man is a disgrace...I say shame if he doesn't have the discipline to stop after 16.Why no, that's not a pregnant anaconda in my pants...why do you ask?
03-24-08, 10:45 PM #5
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03-25-08, 12:06 AM #6
A few years ago, the county I worked for had a Deputy show up for OJT legally drunk. His FTO noticed as the trainee was about to drive out of the garage. He was told to go home for the night, and no discipline was given. He happened to be a close friend of the Sheriiff. He still works there. Lewis is absolutley right.For the morning will come. Brightly will it shine on the brave and true, kindly upon all who suffer for the cause, glorious upon the tombs of heroes. Thus will shine the dawn.
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