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Boozy motorist turns up to police job interview drunk, gets arrested

The interviewer noted the "strong smell" of alcohol from the man in his late 40s.

The morning after the night before: The man insisted he had only shared a bottle of wine with his wife the night before

The morning after the night before: The man insisted he had only shared a bottle of wine with his wife the night before

Date - 16th February 2017
By - John Toner - Police Oracle
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A thirsty motorist who turned up for an IT job with Greater Manchester Police ended up getting arrested and losing his licence.

Andrew Jackson, 48, attended GMP Sedgely Park in Sedgely Park Road, Manchester, hoping to land an IT management position only to end up in court.

Two senior GMP members of staff were holding the interviews and described the “overwhelming” smell of alcohol as soon as he opened his mouth.

The interviewer said: “I asked if he had any trouble in finding us, as soon as he began to speak I could smell something on his breath which I was thought was stale alcohol.

“He mentioned that he did have a little trouble in finding somewhere to park, which immediately raised concerns.

“Shortly after he arrived in the small office, the smell of alcohol became overpowering.

“I decided to continue with the interview, which lasted for about an hour, but throughout the whole time I was sure that the candidate smelt strongly of drink and was considering what to do next.

“I didn’t want the man returning to his vehicle, given the obvious smell of alcohol. I couldn’t live with myself if there had been a collision and someone ended up seriously hurt.”

A traffic officer was sent for who asked the interviewee if he had been drinking, to which the man said he and his wife had shared a bottle of wine with dinner the night before.

The man was subsequently breathalysed showing him to be over the drink drive limit, he was then taken to Bury Police station where he was tested again to confirm the reading and charged with drink driving.

On February 10, 2017, at Bury and Rochdale magistrates court Jackson pleaded guilty to being in control of a vehicle while over the legal drink driving limit.

He was disqualified from driving for one year and fined £235. His driving ban will be reduced to seven months if he successfully completes a drink driving awareness course within a given time.

Inspector Tony Allt, of GMP’s Roads Policing Unit, said: “Although the circumstances surrounding this particular incident are unusual, this case highlights the fact that there are a number of motorists who think they are fine to drive after drinking the night before.

“There are a number of factors that can determine how alcohol is absorbed and processed in the body, but for the individual in this case to give a reading of 46 micrograms, remembering that the legal limit is 35, clearly shows that a significant amount of drink must have been consumed the previous evening.

“If in doubt of your alcohol level, seek alternative travel arrangements. Never drive while over the limit and risk losing your licence, livelihood or possibly your or someone else’s life. Always make it none for the road.”

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Peter

Peter - Thu, 16 February 2017
Yes, yes, but did he get the job?
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Cambridge1947

Cambridge1947 - Fri, 17 February 2017
I would have thought that GMP would regard this as a definite 'plus' especially if he had taken his shirt off during the interview.
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Michael

Michael - Fri, 17 February 2017
He must plead not guilty. Explain to the magistrate that applicants for management positions in GMP are expected to possess an ability to party hard, act irresponsibly, profane gratuitously and embrace shamelessness. Such qualities are not easily reflected on a CV so, eager to demonstrate his suitability he turned up legless. The article does not mention whether he was also late, dishevelled or threatened the interviewers with demotion, but whilst researching for the interview he must have learned that these strengths are expected in GMP management positions.
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Michael

Michael - Fri, 17 February 2017
He must also apologise to GMP for the low reading, explaining that he was nervous ahead of the interview and drunk far less than he realised. However in mitigation he can say that he genuinely did think he'd drunk enough alcohol and felt he was sufficiently pissed to impress the board and get the job.
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