Drink-drive Crawley cop banned for two years


A Crawley police officer has been banned and fined for drink-driving while more than twice the legal limit.

James Smoothy, 26, from Maidenbower, pleaded guilty at Crawley Magistrates’ Court today (January 8).

Smoothy, formerly of British Transport Police (BTP), was charged with drink-driving a white BMW in Copthorne Way, Copthorne, at 2.30am on December 15.

He was arrested after a breath test showed he had 98 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath - more than twice the legal limit of 35mcg.

A court spokesman said he was disqualified from driving for two years, fined £400 and ordered to pay £85 costs and £40 victim surcharge.

A BTP spokesman said: “We expect the highest standards of conduct from all our officers.

“The officer involved has left BTP voluntarily prior to a full disciplinary investigation taking place.”

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