’Don’t go telling anyone’: Retired cop let off breath test
Footage has emerged of the moment a Queensland police officer discouraged a colleague from breath testing an interstate officer after he flashed his ID and admitted to having drunk a "couple of glasses of red".
Retired Victorian police sergeant Kevin Perry was pulled over outside the Alexandra Headlands Surf Life Saving Club in 2016 after making an illegal U-turn.
A Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal hearing held late last year heard two young officers pulled Mr Perry over but radioed for help from another crew when he tried to convince them to let him walk home.
The Tribunal was told Mr Perry flashed a Victoria Police ID card at the two young officers and said: "I am a sergeant in Vic police - is it alright if I go?"
Mr Perry, who had his wife and daughter in their hire car, then said: "Is there any way you can just let us park and I'll, I'll catch a cab home and we're good?"
One of the officers replied: "Unfortunately, I can't do that, but what I am going to do, to be fair, I'm going to give you 20 minutes."
"I've got my kids," Mr Perry said. "We're up here on holidays."
The young officer's partner then called for help, saying: "Can we get a second unit just to assist us with this intercept?"
Detective Senior Constable Naomi Shearer and Senior Constable Rohan Evans arrived soon after, with the Tribunal hearing the detective "discouraged" the young officers from going ahead with a breath test.
Det Sen Const Shearer is currently the subject of a Crime and Corruption Commission push for her to be sacked.
She was initially charged with misconduct in public office but later pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of refusal by a public officer to perform a duty.
She was fined $2000 with no conviction recorded. Sen Const Evans was also fined.
The Courier-Mail reported in November that the CCC was taking disciplinary action against Det Sen Const Shearer in QCAT, submitting she should be found to have acted corruptly by influencing another officer not to breath test Mr Perry.
The tribunal was provided with interviews with the two young officers as well as body worn footage - footage since obtained by Seven News.
"He hasn't blown yet," the young officer can be heard telling her superior in the footage.
"He pulled his badge on me and said I'm a sergeant of Vic police, can you let me go."
The footage shows the detective saying she didn't realise Mr Perry hadn't been breath tested, adding "it's really up to you" and "I wouldn't".
"But what if he brags?" the young officer can be heard asking.
"He's not going to tell anyone. He's not going to tell a f … ing soul," she replies.
Det Sen Const Shearer tells the young officer: "Don't you go telling anyone."
The young officer promised to delete the footage, but didn't.
The tribunal heard that when one of the young officers called her boss at the station for advice, he told her: "We don't do favours … make sure you breath test him."
The young officer said she was "too intimidated" by the detective to breath test Mr Perry, who they did not realise was retired.
The tribunal heard that after Mr Perry was let go, he patted the young female officer on the back and said: "Thanks for keeping interstate relations alive."
Originally published as 'Don't go telling anyone': Moment retired cop let off from breath test