A RESPECTED police officer has been banned from driving and now faces losing his job after he dangerously sped away from a pursuing patrol car following a pub drinking session.
Disgraced Det Con Stephen Collomosse, based at Dewsbury, pleaded guilty to driving whilst under the influence and may now face disciplinary action from the West Yorkshire Police as a result of the conviction.
The 45-year-old, who has worked on the force for over 20 years, was fined £200, banned from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay costs of £60 at a hearing at Leeds Magistrates Court.
The father-of-two, from Leeds, was stopped by officers who were out on patrol at 10pm on December 12 last year when his BMW was seen accelerating away from their police vehicle in nearby Morley.
The police driver had to brake sharply to avoid being hit by the defendant who was then seen to speed away before appearing to lose control, swerving across the central lines in the road.
When the police finally caught up to him and pulled him over, Collomosse admitted to his pursuers that he was actually a serving police officer and he was then arrested and handcuffed.
Mr Murray Schiffeldrin, defending, said his client had been with his partner in a Morley pub where he had drunk a pint and four or five halves of beer.
"The pair left the pub but an argument broke out when the defendant drove off," Mr Schiffeldrin told the court.
"He accepts he was driving erratically and when stopped admitted he was a police officer.
"He was not excessively over the limit. The legal limit is 35mg in a breath test and my client measured 55 (mg).
"My client has been a police officer for 22 years and has worked on a number of high profile cases, receiving a number of commendations from the chief constable.
"His marriage broke down in July 2005 and his financial aspects have suffered. He is now living in rented accommodation with his partner.
"He has two children, aged 16 and 13, who will suffer the humiliation of seeing their father in such circumstances. He will also run the risk of losing his job because of this conviction."
A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: "Consideration will now be given on disciplinary matters in this case."