An officer with the MRC des Collines police has been arrested for drunk driving following a crash in Gatineau Nov. 12 that sent one driver to the hospital.
The officer, whose name has yet to be released, has also been charged with reckless driving and blew three times over the legal limit of .08 per cent blood-alcohol concentration, according to Gatineau Police communications officer Patrick Kenney. At around 7 p.m on Nov. 12, Kenney said the accused’s vehicle swerved into oncoming traffic, colliding head-on with a vehicle near the intersection of Rue Monteée Paiement and Davidson West.
It then rear-ended another vehicle stopped in front of the traffic light.
The driver of the vehicle who was hit head-on was sent to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
Kenney said that the accused has had his driver’s licence suspended for 90 days and his vehicle has been seized for a period of 30 days.
He stated that typically a court date is set for three months following an incident of this nature.
Kenney was unable to confirm if the officer will be suspended from work, either with or without pay, explaining that this is a decision to be made by an individual police force.
MRC des Collines Police spokesperson Martin Fournel said he would not provide additional comment on the incident.
In a press release, the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais stated that the officer was not on duty during the time of the crash.