Re Mokau Police Officer Charged With Drink Driving
For Immediate Release
2 August 2006
POLICE ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS
MOKAU POLICE OFFICER CHARGED WITH DRINK DRIVING
"The Police Association will be supporting Officer Erwood who is facing drink driving charges after responding to a fatal accident in Mokau, State Highway 3 on July 9. This support includes legal representation," NZ Police Association President, Mr O'Connor said today.
Mr O'Connor said, "Let's be absolutely clear, the Police Association in no way condones drinking and driving, however we feel that this is a unique set of circumstances. The fact that Officer Erwood was a sole-charge officer in a remote location, far from support and holding vital, life-saving, rescue equipment are mitigating factors."
"We will be actively advocating that the officer retains his position as a Police Officer," Mr O'Connor said.
"The Police Association also fully supports the police officer who breath-tested Officer Erwood."