A crime tsar who helped snare some of Britain’s most evil criminals has been dobbed in for drink-driving.
Retired Det Chief Supt Bob Taylor – and former head of Wakefield Council’s anti-social behaviour unit – was nearly double the alcohol limit when stopped by his former colleagues.
City magistrates heard how the the former detective with a 100 per cent conviction and detection rate was the subject of an anonymous tip off when he was down the pub.
Prosecutor Marie Austin-Walsh said police got a call at 8pm on February 3 saying Taylor was “driving a green Honda and would soon be leaving a public house on Barnsley Road, Wakefield in drink”.
Police saw the 63-year-old, who is currently the council’s service manager for enforcement, driving from the pub’s car park. They stopped and detained him.
A breath test revealed Taylor had 65 mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath. The legal limit is just 35mcgs.
The court heard Taylor, of Pinfold Grove, Wakefield was “a man of previous good character” who had been driving for 46 years, with just one speeding offence seven years ago.
Taylor pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.
John Wilkinson, mitigating, said: “The circumstances speak for themselves. He was driving home after consuming too much alcohol.”
Mr Wilkinson said his client would like to go on the drink -drivers’ rehabilitation course, which can cut bans by a quarter.
Deputy District Judge Hopkinson told Taylor: “It’s very sad to see a man with your character on the floor of the court.
“Your driving record is a good one, it’s not a particularly high reading.”
Taylor was banned from driving for 18 months, fined £580 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £58 victim surcharge.
He was offered the drink-drive ban scheme.
After the case Wakefield Council’s Service Director for People and Customers, Helen Grantham, said:“We are aware of Mr Taylor’s conviction, following his appearance in court on 18 February. Drink-driving is a very serious offence, and something we do not take lightly. We will be discussing this matter with Mr Taylor in accordance with the council’s internal procedures at the earliest opportunity.”
During his decorated career Taylor was responsible for bringing to justice Christopher Farrow, who murdered Wakefield mum Wendy Speakes in her own home.
He joined West Yorkshire Police in 1970 and rose to become head of operations in the elite National Crime Squad – England’s answer to the FBI.
He was often seen on BBC’s Crimewatch and was the resident expert on the channel’s The Murder Game reality show.