Ray Hadley in tears today. Picture: Sam Ruttyn
Ray Hadley in tears today. Picture: Sam Ruttyn

Ray Hadley breaks down after cop son charged

RADIO broadcaster Ray Hadley has broken down over his police constable son's drug arrest today, saying "I feel particularly inadequate as a father".

Last night Daniel Hadley, 28, was arrested in possession of 0.79 of a gram of cocaine worth about $200.

"When I was first told I was angry and perplexed," Hadley said today.

"I had no idea my son, a respected police officer, would be involved in such a matter."

The son of well know broadcaster Ray Hadley graduates from the Police Acadamy in 2012. Picture: Andrew Taylor
The son of well know broadcaster Ray Hadley graduates from the Police Acadamy in 2012. Picture: Andrew Taylor

Fighting back tears, the 2GB host said his eldest child was battling a mental health condition.

"The serious nature of his illness is such that he's been admitted to a clinic immediately," Hadley said.

Ray Hadley  Picture: Renee Nowytarger
Ray Hadley Picture: Renee Nowytarger



"Daniel accepts responsibility for his behaviour but unfortunately is not in control of his mental health.

"I now know how many parents feel when they think things are okay when they're not."

The Sunday Telegraph today exclusively revealed Daniel Hadley was allegedly caught buying cocaine from a dealer in the carpark of a north west Sydney pub.

Senior Constable Daniel Hadley.
Senior Constable Daniel Hadley.

Earlier today, Ray Hadley apologised for not going to air today for his Continuous Call Team show.

Colleague Mark Levy apologised to listeners on his behalf sighting "family matters".

Daniel Hadley, a senior constable, has been under surveillance from officers from the Professional Standards Command investigating whether he is involved with prohibited drugs.

The alleged incident occurred at the Australian Hotel and Brewery, Rouse Hill.
The alleged incident occurred at the Australian Hotel and Brewery, Rouse Hill.

NSW Police is now reviewing the 28-year-old's future with the force and Hadley has been granted conditional bail. He will appear at Parramatta Local Court on September 12.

Not long after Hadley was caught last night, another man was arrested in a nearby car and charged with supply and possession of drugs.

When his son - who he regards as his golden boy - joined the NSW Police in 2012, the 63-year-old was reduced to tears.

Radio personality Ray Hadley with his then-five-year-old son Daniel.
Radio personality Ray Hadley with his then-five-year-old son Daniel.

At the ceremony in Goulburn, Hadley said: "I knew it would be emotional but it doesn't prepare you for what happens when they throw their caps in the air. I'm very proud of him."

The alleged incident occurred at the Australian Hotel and Brewery, Rouse Hill.

Ray and his son were engulfed in an AVO scandal in 2014 involving former wife and stepmum Suzanne Hadley.

She lodged an apprehended violence order against her former husband and young Hadley but she later withdrew her complaint.



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