Doncaster paramedic struck off for drink-driving after being found slumped at the wheel

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A Doncaster paramedic has been suspended from the profession for drink-driving, after being spotted intoxicated and slumped over the wheel of his car.

John E Shaw was found to have been more than three times over the drink-drive limit when he was taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary where a blood specimen showed that he had 265 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood. 

The Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) paramedic was charged with the offence of driving with excess alcohol and pleaded guilty at a hearing at Doncaster Magistrates Court in October 2014.

The Panel further heard that on September 5 2014, Mr Shaw went voluntarily to Doncaster Police Station where he was interviewed.

He was charged with the offence of driving with excess alcohol, and pleaded guilty to the charge on 28 October 2014 at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court.

Mr Shaw informed the HCPC of the charge against him on 15 October 2014, and in further correspondence indicated that he had resigned from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

Panel Chair Claire Bonnet said: “The conviction for driving with excess alcohol is a serious matter involving an obvious risk to other road users. The Panel took the view that, in the period since the offence, Mr

Shaw had demonstrated real and developing insight into the matter.

“The suspension period of 12 months would give Mr Shaw time to reflect further on the offence, consider what steps he may want to take if he decides, on reflection, to return to his profession and it would provide the necessary level of public protection.”

The Panel last month determined that the appropriate and proportionate sanction is a 12 month suspension order.

John E Shaw was not present or represented at the hearing.