The Government is under mounting political pressure to investigate why a top police officer refused to be breathtested amid allegations police bosses are showing hypocrisy in their handling of the controversy.
But police are warning media "not to rely on inaccurate speculation" over the actions of Superintendent Graham Thomas, who members of the public say they saw slumped over the steering wheel of his police-issue car, smelling of alcohol, before offering to call him a taxi.
Labour justice spokesman Clayton Cosgrove has called for the Government to assure the public that everyone is treated equal after Mr Thomas, manager of police prosecutions, was cleared of wrongdoing by a police investigation into reports he drove home drunk from a police bar last December.
We can't believe we're saying this, but we actually agree with Clayton Cosgrove over this matter! The more we hear of this case, the worse it looks - and smells. Judith Collins needs to be sending a very terse message to Howard Broad to convey to every member of the police - they are no different to anyone else; whether on duty or not, they are subject to the same laws that we are, with a few exceptions, drink-driving NOT being one of them!
There are aggravating features to the Thomas case as well, in particular the lack of a paper trail. We look forward to Judith Collins demanding an assurance from Broad that proper procedures were followed, and that Thomas was not the recipient of a Barry Matthews Get Out of Jail Free card.