Senior diplomat caught running red light

Last updated 16:58 07/02/2014

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Diplomatic immunity was no defence for a senior diplomat caught running a red light by off-duty police commissioner Peter Marshall. 

The retiring commissioner was in Wellington one night when he caught a man running a red light, and reported the offence.

The man's driving could have resulted in a serious injury, Mr Marshall said.

''With due diligence I recorded the time, date and place. Even commissioners can be useful operationally,'' he said.

''I was surprised weeks later to hear from a member of the DPS [diplomatic protection service] that the driver was a senior diplomat. 

A police officer is never off duty, even the top cop, Mr Marshall said.

''We police without fear or favour - from constable to commissioner.''

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