A police officer who got behind the wheel after an early-morning drinking party at a police detachment is awaiting his fate, after being found guilty for impaired driving yesterday in provincial court.
Const. Brian Toner, a 25-year veteran of the Edmonton police, looked sombre yesterday afternoon when the judge read the guilty verdict.
Toner, 49, jumped behind the wheel of his car after partying with fellow officers around 4 a.m. at West Division Headquarters in February 2006.
A number of witnesses testified they saw Toner that morning, and said that he was highly intoxicated, thick-tongued and his head was bobbing.
Officers arranged for a ride home for the intoxicated police officer, but couldn’t find him when it was time to take him home.
Shortly thereafter, an officer found Toner asleep behind the wheel of his running car, three blocks from the police station.
Toner was returned to the station and charged.
A date for sentencing will be decided upon next week.