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TWO weeks ago, Mackay policeman Matthew Taylor stood in front of the media and publicly apologised for drink-driving.

"If there is any good to come of this, it is to reinforce the message that it does not matter who you are, the law applies to everyone and drink-driving is unacceptable,'' the 29-year-old detective senior constable said.

Today, another police officer will appear in court after he was caught drink-driving in Rockhampton at the weekend.

The off-duty Townsville sergeant, 35, was driving a private vehicle when he was pulled over about 5am on Saturday for a random breath test in Denham Street.

He had a blood alcohol content of 0.149% ? almost three times the legal limit.

Police said he was in Rockhampton on personal business.

The officer will appear in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court.

He is the ninth Queensland police officer to be caught drinkdriving in just over a year and the third in Central Queensland in just over a fortnight.

On January 31, a Mackay senior constable blew .192.

Two days later, Detective Senior Constable Taylor returned a reading of .172.

The behaviour of the officers is under investigation by the Queensland Police ethical standards command.

Following the latest incident, Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said he was "extremely disappointed'' that another off-duty police officer had been driving while over the limit.

"While the vast majority of police officers act responsibly when consuming alcohol, it is simply not acceptable when even a small number of officers do drink and drive,'' he said.

Regional Traffic Co-ordinator Inspector Lyle Mitchell said as of 11am yesterday, 13 people had been caught drink-driving in the Rockhampton Police District over the weekend.

"Blackwater (police) got five, Yeppoon two, Emerald one and Rocky five,'' he said.



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