Police officer dismissed for drink driving offence

A Hillingdon officer has been dismissed from the Metropolitan Police without notice having previously admitted drink driving.

PC Aneel Achall attended a misconduct hearing to answer allegations his conduct breached the Met’s standards of professional behaviour in respect of ‘discredible conduct’.

On Saturday, 7 January whilst off duty, PC Achall was driving his own car in Ryefield Avenue, Hillingdon. He reversed onto the pavement at speed and narrowly avoided hitting a pedestrian before colliding with a parked van, causing damage. He failed to stop after the collision and drove off.

He parked nearby and was detained by members of the public who called police.

At the roadside he tested positive for alcohol during a breath test and was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.

A second breath test in custody showed a reading of 137 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit is 35.

On Wednesday, 19 July at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court, PC Achall pleaded guilty to driving a motor vehicle on a road after consuming alcohol that exceeded the prescribed limit.

He was sentenced to 14 weeks’ imprisonment suspended for 18 months, a four-month curfew requirement with electronic monitoring, 100 hours unpaid work, £85 costs and £115 victim surcharge.

Having heard all the evidence, the chair of the miscoduct hearing Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball found gross misconduct proven and PC Achall was dismissed without notice.

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