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Ex New Zealand police chief in the running to replace Cressida Dick has drink-drive conviction

The retired New Zealand police reformer in the running to replace Cressida Dick as Scotland Yard’s new chief has a drink-driving conviction.

Mike Bush, now in his 60s, was off-duty in 1983 when he drank with friends and was then caught driving over the legal limit in Auckland.

The then detective constable pleaded guilty, was fined NZ$250 and was disqualified from driving for six months.

At the time he was able to keep his job, but eight years later the rules were changed to make it more likely officers would be fired in the event of such a transgression.

The conviction sparked controversy in 2017, three years into his term as New Zealand Commissioner of Police.

Mr Bush wrote in a blog at the time: ‘It was extremely poor judgment by me 34 years ago, for which I am sorry. I make no excuses.’

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