Friday 25 May 2018

Woman claims she witnessed garda using breath test on himself

Gardai have urged anyone with information to report it. (stock photo)
Gardai have urged anyone with information to report it. (stock photo) Newsdesk Newsdesk

A woman has claimed that she witnessed a garda using a breathalyser machine on himself at a garda station three years ago.

The woman told RTE’s This Week show that she witnessed the garda falsifying a breath test while she worked at a garda station as a clerical officer in January 2014.

“I noticed the garda had an alcometer in his hand and was blowing full force into the alcometer,” the woman told the RTE programme.

“I also noticed that he had a bundle of tubes in the other hand and a blank form in front of him.”

She said when she questioned the garda, he replied that he was “just making up some numbers”.

“He looked embarrassed and I thought I caught him on the hop.”

The woman said when she raised the matter with senior gardaí at the station, she was invited to make a formal complaint but she did not do so.

Meanwhile, today a garda spokesperson released a statement to “once again urge” anyone with information on report it.

 “An Garda Síochána is determined to ensure that all the issues raised in relation to breath-tests are thoroughly addressed so they can't happen again.”

“As part of this process, An Garda Síochána would once again urge anyone in the organisation - members and civilians - with information relating to breath tests issues or evidence of wrongdoing within An Garda Síochána to bring it forward to Assistant Commissioner O'Sullivan and the Policing Authority who are conducting their own examination into the breath-test issue,” the spokesperson said.

“This follows comments by some Garda personnel to the media in recent days on such issues.”

“During Assistant Commissioner O'Sullivan's examination all Garda personnel - members of and civilians - were invited to make individual submissions or bring forward any relevant information,” the spokesperson added.

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