Newfoundland police officer charged with drunk driving

16 Mar

A Newfoundland police officer has been charged with impaired driving, after he allegedly crashed into the side of a McDonald’s restaurant in St. John’s, while going through the drive-thru. RNC (Royal Newfoundland Constabulary) officers stopped Sgt. David Byrne, 54 – who was off-duty – early Friday morning, after receiving a complaint about a possible drunk driver.

A St. John's sergeant is just the latest Canadian police officer in trouble for drunk driving / photo courtesy of West Georgia DUI

On Tuesday, the RNC announced they have suspended “the officer”, without pay, pending the outcome of internal disciplinary proceedings. He will appear in court on April 1. The RNC did not release Bryne’s name, saying they would not because he had yet to appear in court, but his identity was soon discovered by CBC News.

This is just the latest drunk driving case involving a police officer in Canada.

In October 2010, a Saskatoon police constable was convicted of impaired driving. Const. Roy Rodgers was banned from driving for a year and given a $1,000 fine. He was found not guilty of driving with a blood alcohol level above the legal limit, but the judge said he believed the officer who stopped Rodgers intentionally botched the investigation by waiting over 45 minutes before giving him a breathalyzer test.

On Sept. 30, 2010, the police chief in Lévis, Que., was charged after being stopped in Quebec City with a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit. Jean-François Roy was suspended, with pay. His case is still ongoing.

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