Retired police officer Ken Grant has been found guilty of beating and killing a man as he sat behind the wheel after seven drinks.
The father of former Police Secretary Troy Grant was at a Christmas party in Maitland, NSW Hunter Valley region, in 2019 and had planned to spend the night at the site.
Instead, he jumped after three schooners and four glasses of wine behind the wheel and ran down by scientist Tony Greenfield as he left the same function with his wife.
Guests had described Grant as “hammered” and “incoherent” before leaving.
Police were unaware of the collision, but pursued after noticing a swinging Mazda with two blown tires.
After being withdrawn, he returned a per mille of 0.194 – almost four times the legal limit.
Grant told the officer “my son was the police minister”.
Troy Grant told the trial that his father had a history of going to sleep and that his heath had been in decline.
The once highly respected police inspector is now a convicted criminal after a judge found that his heinous driving could only be explained with alcohol.
He faces up to a decade behind bars when he is convicted in the new year.