Constable grounded after drunk-driving arrest

A long-serving Vancouver police constable has been arrested for suspected impaired driving, the department said yesterday.

A long-serving Vancouver police constable has been arrested for suspected impaired driving, the department said yesterday.

The officer was off-duty when he was stopped at 3:45 a.m. Sunday at an RCMP checkstop on the Gaglardi Way off-ramp from Highway 1. A breath sample was provided.

Mounties have recommended charges of impaired driving and driving with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit of 0.08.

The officer has not been charged and has not been named, but has been placed on desk duty.

“We want all our officers to be as professional as they can be and uphold the values that the public expects us to uphold,” said Const. Lindsey Houghton, a spokesman for the department.

The Vancouver police professional standards branch is liaising with the RCMP’s Port Mann highway detachment.

“We’ve also advised the office of the police complaints commissioner,” Houghton said.

“We’ll be conducting our investigation into the actions of the member.”

 
 
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