3 Mar 2009

Breath test refusal "not a good look" - minister

11:23 am on 3 March 2009

Minister of Police Judith Collins says it is "not a good look" for a senior officer to refuse to take a breath test at his house.

Ms Collins says she cannot comment because it is an employment issue, but the public expects a lot from the police and the incident is not helpful.

Police say the head of the prosecutions unit, Superintendent Graham Thomas, was within his rights to decline a breath test when officers visited him at his Dunedin home in December.

They say they've investigated the matter and Mr Thomas is now undertaking a period of medical rehabilitation for at least six months while working in an alternative role.