Suspended PC banned and fined for drink driving
A police officer has been banned from driving for 16 months after she admitted drinking three cans of cider before driving to work.
PC Christine Thomas was twice the legal limit when she was breathalysed by colleagues on 27 March.
The 48-year-old pleaded guilty at Peterlee Magistrates' Court to one charge of driving above the legal alcohol limit.
She was fined £615 and remains on suspension following her arrest.
Ms Thomas was also ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge and £85 costs.
Northumbria Police said a misconduct investigation would take place.