A POLICE officer charged with drink-driving more than three times the legal limit and assaulting a fellow officer on Christmas Day will go to trial, a court has heard.
Constable Andrew James Innes Dodsworth, 39, of Aldgate, today appeared in court for the first time since his arrest in the early hours of December 25. He is yet to enter pleas to counts of driving under the influence, driving with excess blood alcohol and aggravated assault against a police officer.
Documents filed with the Elizabeth Magistrates Court allege Dodsworth had been driving in a Ford sedan with the number plate "BADXR8" at Blakeview. It is alleged he had a blood alcohol reading of 0.165. Dodsworth has since been suspended from duty, with pay, pending the outcome of the charges.
At the time of the incident, police alleged he had been arrested at Craigmore after a member of the public reported him to be driving erratically at Palm Ct, Blakeview, on Christmas Eve. His bail conditions include a clause banning him from returning to Palm Ct. The Ford sedan was impounded for seven days following the incident. He is alleged to have assaulted a police officer at Elizabeth following his arrest.
The documents allege the assault charge is aggravated because "the offender committed the offence against a police officer knowing the victim to be acting in the course of his or her official duty". Dodsworth was originally bailed to appear in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court on February 15, but sent his lawyers in his place. He personally appeared for the first time today.
Today, Stacey Carter, for Dodsworth, told the court her client would be contesting all charges. "The files are both contested so we would like them listed for a pre-trial conference," Ms Carter said.
Dodsworth was off-duty at the time of the incident. Less than 24 hours before his arrest, police issued a warning about the dangers of drink-driving as part of the holiday road safety campaign, Operation Safe Holidays. Dodsworth will return to court in April.
See article: Police officer charged with drink driving