A POLICE officer who was caught drink-driving has resigned from the force.

Former PC Maryann Shaw, who was based at Loddon Valley Police Station in Rushey Way, Lower Earley, was found to be over the drink-drive limit while driving her personal car on May 11 this year.

A misconduct hearing, held at the Thames Valley Police headquarters in Kidlington on Monday, found PC Shaw's actions had amounted to gross misconduct, and she had breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of fitness for work and discreditable conduct.

She resigned from the force on July 3. The panel concluded that PC Shaw would have been dismissed if she had still been serving.

Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell said: “PC Shaw’s actions in driving while over the drink drive limit were below the standards expected of a Thames Valley Police officer.

“The force takes incidents such as this extremely seriously and expects better from its officers. Driving while over the limit can affect lives, and there is no place in Thames Valley Police for any officers who behave like this.

“A thorough investigation was carried out, and the hearing has found that her conduct amount to gross misconduct.

“Had she still been a Thames Valley Police officer, she would have been dismissed from the force.”