A cop’s father dressed in a female officer’s uniform before getting behind the wheel of a car while five times the drink drive limit, a court heard.
Police discovered Robert McLaughlin slumped at the wheel of the car on Pontefract Road at Ackworth, magistrates at Wakefield heard.
McLaughlin, 52, of Chestnut Glade, Nostell Priory, was dressed in a female officer’s uniform and was wearing a communications earpiece during the incident on May 28.
A police officer’s helmet, which belonged to his son, was on the passenger seat.
He admitted drinking and driving and being in possession of a police uniform while not being a not a member of a police force or a special constable.
Prosecutor Diane Gomersall told how a cyclist alerted police after discovering McLaughlin parked diagonally across Pontefract Road. He banged on the window to rouse McLaughlin and noticed he was wearing a police uniform.
Mrs Gomersall said: “He was arrested and taken to hospital due to the dangerously high level of alcohol reading in his system, which was five times the limit.”
The court heard the majority of the police uniform belonged to a female officer who McLaughlin had been helping because a medical condition prevented her from working.
He did jobs around the house for her and had a key. But she didn’t give him permission to take her uniform.
The court heard the police helmet which was found in the car belonged to McLaughlin’s police officer son, who had left it at his father’s house by mistake.
Ruth Gill, mitigating, said her client had developed a “significant drink problem.”
District Judge Marie Mallon adjourned sentencing until next month. McLaughlin was handed an interim driving ban ahead of sentencing.