PC Richard Musgrave, 52, (pictured arriving at a misconduct hearing in Peterborough) Cambridgeshire, admitted lying to his boss about driving Linda Musgrave, 59, back home in the early hours of the morning
A police officer sparked a hunt by his colleagues after vanishing while on duty to drive his wife home in a patrol car and then get a 3am kebab, a misconduct hearing heard.
PC Richard Musgrave, 52, from March, Cambridgeshire, admitted lying to his boss about driving Linda Musgrave, 59, back home before taking her for a snack at the MoonLight Grill in the early hours of the morning.
The officer had claimed he had fallen asleep in his car with his earpiece out at about 3am on July 31, 2016, when he was actually driving his wife, the panel heard.
He is also accused of meeting her and her friends in a Wetherspoons pub in March the following evening.
The officer denies his actions amount to gross misconduct but admitted misconduct under honesty and integrity.
Mr Musgrave said in a statement that he lied to his manager Sergeant Rob Savill about taking his wife home because he felt 'embarrassed,' the panel sitting in Peterborough heard.
Sgt Savill told the hearing that officers tracked Musgrave down to an industrial estate using a 'mapping tool' after he went missing from March police station at about 2.50am.