No charges for Manitoba RCMP officer implicated in impaired driving investigation

No charges are being recommended against a Manitoba RCMP officer following an investigation into impaired driving and Highway Traffic Act offences last summer.

The Independent Investigation Unit (IIU) says it was made aware of the situation and began investigating June 12, 2019.

RCMP told the watchdog one of its officers had received a text message from an off-duty member around 3:00 a.m. on June 9, 2019, asking if they could bring him an Approved Screening Device (ASD) to determine if he was “good to drive.”

The off-duty officer had been at a fair in Niverville and was preparing to drive home.

Instead, the member who received the text reported the incident to Steinbach RCMP who then intercepted the subject officer’s vehicle near Highway 206 and Highway 52.

The report says the Mounties observed the vehicle travelling “at a high rate of speed,” and after conducting a traffic stop, noticed the driver was slurring his words and seemed nervous.

Based on the signs of impairment, the officer used a roadside ASD which returned a “warning.”

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