Drink-driving detective sacked after flipping car

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A drink-driving police detective has been sacked after flipping a car and causing around £2,400 of damage.

According to the Derby Telegraph, former detective constable Matthew Goodwin crashed on July 16, 2016 while he was over the drink drive limit.

He was arrested and then pleaded guilty to a charge of drink-driving, and admitted that his actions amounted to gross misconduct at a Derbyshire Constabulary disciplinary hearing.

Goodwin was sacked at the end of the hearing, bringing an illustrious 14-year career in the force to an end.

The Derby Telegraph reported that Derbyshire police's Matt Greene told the hearing: Mr Greene said: "This is not conduct Derbyshire Constabulary can accept in any way shape or form. It is a serious breach of the standards of professional behaviour.

"He lost control of his vehicle. Somebody could easily have been killed or somebody could easily have been seriously injured."

The newspaper claimed the damage to the wall was around £2,400 and the vehicle was written off.

Goodwin, who won Derbyshire Constabulary's 2014 Investigator of the Year award, told the hearing: "I sincerely and wholeheartedly want to apologise for my actions and behaviour. It was behaviour which was out of character. I was going through a very difficult time in my life. I was not coping with it well. It was my choice and my decision that night."