A York Regional Police Officer Charged After Observed Driving south in the northbound lanes of Highway 400

Update:

When Ontario Provincial Police showed up, they smelled alcohol and demanded Lee take a breathalyzer test, the appeal said. His blood-alcohol readings were .08 and .077, within the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s “warn range.” As a result, Mr. Lee was subsequently charged with Dangerous Driving.
Ontario Provincial Police charged an off-duty York Regional Police officer with impaired, dangerous driving on Highway 400 and failure to provide a breath sample.

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Vodka accompanied by a car key (not the brand of alcohol that Mr. Lee claimed he was drinking after the accident) After being charged by the OPP with Dangerous Driving, it was Mr. Lee's evidence that he consumed alcohol after he drove home following an accident wherein he drove into a sign on the highway. Given that the Crown could not prove that he drove prior to the accident, Superior Court Justice Robert F. Scott overturned his conviction and ordered a new trial.

Ontario Provincial Police charged an off-duty York Regional Police officer with impaired and dangerous driving on Highway 400.

Barrie OPP Const. Graeme Knox said officers responded to a call shortly after midnight on Monday, Jan. 11 from a concerned motorist who saw a vehicle heading south in the northbound lanes of Highway 400 in Oro-Medonte.

“We received a driving complaint and stopped him south of Forbes Road,” Knox said.

The courts have confirmed again and again, that “a police officer is on duty at all times”.

Colin Smith, 42, of Tiny Township has been charged with impaired driving, dangerous driving of a motor vehicle and failure to provide a breath sample.

Knox said a police cruiser was not involved in the incident, but a personal car was impounded for 90 days.

While Cons. Laura Nicolle of York police said she can’t confirm an officer was charged, she did note that an officer who has been with York police since 2004, with the same name and age has recently been suspended with pay.

Don't drink and drive. The consequences may be more than anyone is prepared to handle. The province spends $2.4-million annually on R.I.D.E., an amount that was doubled from $1.2 million in 2007-08. Stops have risen accordingly, from 505,733 in 2007-08 to 1,016,786 in 2011/12. Police laid 693 impaired charges, up from 652 in 2010-11 and 294 in 2009-10.

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