Off-Duty Officer Facing Drunk Driving Charge

14-year Veteran of York Regional Police Suspended From Duty

A police officer will be in a Newmarket courthouse, after a drunk driving arrest in Markham.

York Regional Police say a motorcyclist was sent to hospital just after 7:00 Sunday night, after being struck by an SUV that allegedly fled the scene. When police located the SUV, an off-duty officer was arrested for impaired driving.

The 42-year-old Oshawa man has been with York Regional Police since 2005, working in the Uniform Patrol Unit. He has been suspended from duty, and may also be subject to more charges under the Police Services Act.

“This incident is extremely disheartening and does not reflect the values of our organization. As law enforcement professionals, we are in a position of trust and we are rightfully held to a higher standard by members of our community,” said Chief Eric Jolliffe. “Every day, our members are committed to keeping our community safe, especially when it comes to impaired driving. For those members who do not uphold our values and make the unforgivable decision to drive while impaired, they will be held accountable for their actions, without exception.”