A RESPECTED police officer who crashed a marked police car while drink-driving on duty had at the time undiagnosed post traumatic stress disorder, Toowoomba Magistrates Court has been told.
Joshua Desmond Price had been in uniform and drinking as he drove about the Thallon district on the afternoon of August 14.
He crashed the marked Toyota Prado on Noondoo/ Thallon Road about 3.15pm and was taken to St George Hospital.
A sample of blood taken from him at the hospital about 6.44pm was analysed and showed he had a blood/alcohol level at the time of 0.225, police prosecutor Senior Constable Al Windsor told the court.
The 32-year-old pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence of liquor.
As a result he had been suspended from work with pay for two weeks before being suspended without pay and had not worked since. However, although he would face disciplinary action by the Queensland Police Service which could include his job being terminated, Senior Constable Price intended trying to remain in the force.
The popular officer had been nominated by the community and awarded an Australia Day award for his service to the community.
He had the night before the crash attended a farewell night put on by the Thallon community in thanks for his three years service before he was to take up a position with Goondiwindi police, the court heard.
Psychiatric reports put before the court showed the 32-year-old had since been diagnosed with PTSD and other mental health issues.
Noting he had no history of offending, Magistrate Graham Lee fined Price $1750 and disqualified him from holding or obtaining a driver's licence for nine months.
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