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Retired police officer Ken Grant has been found guilty of hitting and killing a man when he got behind the wheel after seven drinks.
The father of the former police minister Troy Grant was at a Christmas party in Maitland, the NSW Hunter Valley region, in 2019 and had been planning to stay the night at the venue.
Instead, after three schooners and four glasses of wine he jumped behind the wheel and ran down scientist Tony Greenfield as he left the same function with his wife.
Guests had described Grant as “hammered” and “incoherent” before he left.
Police were unaware of the hit-run but gave chase after noticing a swerving Mazda with two blown tyres.
After being pulled over he returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.194 – nearly four times the legal limit.
Grant told the officer “my son was the police minister”.
Troy Grant told the trial his father had a history of sleep walking and his heath had been on the decline.
The once highly respected police inspector is now a convicted criminal after a judge found his abhorrent driving could only be explained by alcohol.
He faces up to a decade behind bars when he is sentenced in the new year.