A man who was five times the drink-drive limit when he was found slumped behind the wheel dressed in a female police officer’s uniform has been jailed.
Robert McLaughlin, 52, was discovered wearing a female police top, black trousers and boots, a court heard.
He also had a police helmet that belonged to his stepson on the passenger seat.
His solicitor told the court he had been in a relationship with the owner of the uniform.
McLaughlin’s attire was spotted by an irate cyclist who went to bang on his window after nearly being knocked down by a car that was trying to avoid his parked Citroen.
Richard Ogden, prosecuting, said: “He noticed he was slumped and appeared to be wearing a police uniform” in Ackworth.
An ambulance was called and McLaughlin’s drink consumption was discovered.
A breath test revealed he was five times the limit and a later blood test showed he had 366mgs of alcohol in 100mls of blood. The limit is 80mgs.
Mr Ogden told Wakefield Magistrates Court the uniform belonged to a female constable, who McLaughlin befriended. Eventually she gave him a key.
“The officer whose items they were said she was extremely distressed to find these items had gone missing,” said Mr Ogden.
His stepson is also an officer and the court was told the helmet found had been damaged in training.
Ruth Gill, mitigating, said McLaughlin had been in a relationship with the female officer.
Mrs Gill said: “During that time they used to occasionally dress up in the police stuff that was subsequently found.”
McLaughlin earlier admitted drinking and driving and being in possession of a police uniform while not being a police officer.
McLaughlin was jailed for 16 weeks and banned from driving for four years.
The chair of the bench, David Petts, said there was to be no separate penalty for the other offence.