Policeman convicted of drink driving

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A POLICEMAN who lied about his job after crashing his car while THREE TIMES over the drink-drive limit has walked free from court - after pleading with a judge not to send him to prison because he feared being “targeted” because of his job.

Former PC Jatinder Dosanjh, 31, downed whiskey and was seen driving erraticaly by other motorists before crashing in Calverley, on December 5 last year.

His Volkswagon Polo flipped onto its roof - and after a nearby learner driver stopped to pull him out of his window he made a run for it. He was tracked down by cops who identified his vehicle - but when he was taken to the police station he gave a false name and occupation.

His real job as a PC with West Yorkshire Police, based in Bradford, was discovered 15 hours after his arrest.

Sentencing Dosanjh, who no longer works for the force, District Judge David Kitson told him: “Clearly, as an officer you should have known to stop at the scene.”

Leeds Magistrates Court heard how the married officer was seen driving erratically by other motorists while returning home from his parents’ house.

Veering from left to right on the road, fellow drivers assumed the driver was texting at the wheel. Breathalyser tests gave a reading of 95mg of alcohol, backing Dosanjh’s claim he had downed half a litre of whiskey by the time he got home.

Dosanjh pleaded not guilty to the offence, but was later convicted after a two-day trial Leeds Magistrates. Paul Fleming, for Dosanjh told the court his client had since lost his job at West Yorkshire Police, and was looking for more work in the financial sector.

He said: “There was an accident but fortunately there were no injuries. When he got home he had the opportunity to phone the police, but the police arrived at his home very shortly after. There are many tragedies which seem to have struck my client’s family during the course of 2013. Both he and his family have been subject to threats.

“I place before me the fact that these offences are very profound, but the outcomes have also had their effects amongst his immediate family.”

Mr Fleming added that his client’s profession as a cop meant he would be “exposed” to being targeted in prison.

“He would find it difficult to cope in custody, he might be targeted simply because of his previous employment.”

The judge agreed on the same lines the court would be “exposing him to being at risk of being targeted by other people in the community by doing unpaid work.”

Dosanjh was handed eight weeks in jail suspended for 12 months, alongside a hefty three year driving ban and 100 hours of community service.

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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