Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Mr Gatehouse said he “just didn’t think” about filling up when he pulled into the petrol garage. He claims he then responded to several incidents before breaking down, not realising it was because he wrongly filled up. He is now considering appealing the decision. “They have dismissed me on the balance of probability, they haven’t proven guilt,” he claimed. “It is horrendous. I could end up losing my house… I put all my years into the job.”A spokesman for Derbyshire Police said it was “absolutely essential” the public had confidence in the force’s officers and their standards. He added: “The overwhelming majority of our officers meet those standards throughout their careers, but there are infrequent occasions when individuals may not… We take these allegations extremely seriously to the point where, as in this case, an officer is dismissed.” They are saying I covered it up afterwards… but I didn’t know I put the wrong fuel inMichael Gatehouse The force found he had breached “standards of professional behaviour” after claims he “attempted to disguise” the mistake.Last week, a disciplinary hearing ruled that he “took a number of actions, being reckless as to the likely damage to the police property” and found him guilty of gross misconduct. Mr Gatehouse, who admitted wrongly fuelling the car but denied the misconduct allegations, was dismissed with immediate effect. Now, he 52-year-old, from Nottingham, has told The Daily Telegraph he was dismissed after the force claimed he knew he had put the wrong fuel in the vehicle but deliberately drove round in an attempt to burn it off.He was also accused of misdirecting a recovery garage after the vehicle broke down after he told them it was a problem with the immobiliser instead of the fuel. “They are saying I covered it up afterwards… but I didn’t know I put the wrong fuel in,” he claimed. “They are saying I told them it was an immobiliser and I misdirected the garage, but I didn’t because I didn’t know.” The force claimed he knew he had put the wrong fuel in the vehicle but deliberately drove round in an attempt to burn it offCredit:Alamy A police officer who put the wrong fuel in a force vehicle has been dismissed after claims he tried to cover up the mistake but instead ending up writing off the car. Michael Gatehouse, a former constable who worked for Derbyshire Police for 16 years, put petrol into one of the force’s diesel Vauxhall Astra estates while on duty.