The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

OF­FI­CERS ON ASS AULT AND DRINK -DRIVE CHARGES

- GREG STOLZ

AN ugly feud has split a Queens­land po­lice sta­tion, with a male of­fi­cer charged with as­sault­ing a fe­male sergeant and the man’s part­ner – also a cop – nabbed for drink-driv­ing.

The as­sault al­legedly took place at War­wick po­lice sta­tion last month and led to the male of­fi­cer be­ing placed in the watch-house.

The drink-driv­ing charge is be­lieved to have hap­pened af­ter War­wick of­fi­cer Se­nior Con­sta­ble Brett Hughes and his part­ner, Se­nior Con­sta­ble Mor­gen Grigg, were seen by fel­low of­fi­cers drown­ing their sor­rows at lo­cal wa­ter­ing hole af­ter Hughes was charged with as­sault and stood down from duty.

Court doc­u­ments al­lege the as­sault took place in the con­sta­bles’ day room at War­wick sta­tion on July 31.

Doc­u­ments al­lege that the act­ing of­fi­cer-in-charge, Se­nior-Sergeant Lisa Self, was talk­ing with three of­fi­cers and had her back to the door. Se­nior Con­sta­ble Hughes al­legedly en­tered the room “and with­out warn­ing, walked di­rectly into the com­plainant”, knock­ing her for­ward.

Sen Con­sta­ble Hughes was charged on Au­gust 3 with as­sault and put through the War­wick watch-house – an em­bar­rass­ment po­lice and le­gal sources say is al­most un­heard of for a po­lice of­fi­cer, es­pe­cially one charged with a mi­nor of­fence. “They AS­SAULT CHARGE: Se­nior Con­sta­ble

Brett Hughes. Pic­ture: Deanna Mil­lard

APN would al­most al­ways be given a no­tice to ap­pear (in court),’’ a source said.

Se­nior Con­sta­ble Grigg, 37, was nabbed for al­leged mid-range drink-driv­ing as she and Se­nior Con­sta­ble Hughes, 43, al­legedly drove home from a lo­cal club.

Se­nior Con­sta­ble Hughes was sus­pended while his part­ner was stood down. Hughes and Grigg are de­fend­ing the charges. Both are due to ap­pear in War­wick Mag­is­trates Court on Septem­ber 9.

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GO­INGS ON: War­wick po­lice sta­tion and (be­low) Se­nior Con­sta­ble Mor­gen Grigg.
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