VANCOUVER - A 55-year-old RCMP officer is in trouble over impaired driving charges for the second time in just over four weeks.
He was previously charged by Vancouver Police when he slammed into the concrete barrier at Second Narrows Bridge on Oct. 3.
He was prohibited from driving for 90 days when he was caught by Vancouver Police on Saturday.
"The situation began when a Vancouver Police officer on routine patrol spotted a man urinating in a parking lot located in the 4700 block of NW Marine Drive near UBC," said RCMP spokesman Sgt. Tim Shields.
" The male allegedly drove off in his car before being stopped by police. An impaired driving investigation was launched during which time it was determined that the man was an off-duty RCMP member driving his own vehicle," said Shields.
" In addition, he is currently awaiting court for a previous impaired driving charge and as a result of that charge was prohibited from driving for 90 days," he said.
"The man was processed by the Vancouver Police and released on an appearance notice with a court date of January 8th, 2010. Charges of impaired driving, driving over .08, and prohibited driving are being recommended," he added.
The 16-year veteran of the RCMP who is now working as a general duty officer with protective policing at E Division headquarters, was charged by VPD on Oct. 3 when he slammed into the Second Narrows Bridge.
Shields said the officer has been on medical leave since the first incident police are reviewing his duty status.
The officer now faces two formal code of conduct hearings and sanctions can include loss of pay or dismissal.
“Impaired driving is the number one criminal cause of death in Canada. As police officers, we have seen firsthand the carnage and death caused by this irresponsible behaviour. This makes it all the more difficult when an incident involves one of our own,” said Shields
“There are 6500 sworn RCMP officers in British Columbia who take their oath of upholding the law, protecting the public, and being positive role models in their communities very seriously. In fact, these RCMP members spend a large part of their careers targeting this destructive behaviour,” added Shields.