A veteran member of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary will appear in court April 1, facing charges of impaired driving.

On Friday March 11, shortly after midnight, two patrol officers responded to a call about a possible impaired driver involved in a collision near McDonald’s restaurant on Topsail Rd. in St. John’s. A 54 year-old off-duty officer, whose name has yet to be released, was apprehended at the scene. It is alleged that the man’s vehicle collided with the side of the restaurant while going through the drive-thru.

In a media briefing today, RNC Const. Colin McNeil stated the officer, who has been with RNC for more than 25 years, is currently suspended without pay pending the outcome of internal disciplinary proceedings.

A similar incident occurred in November, 2010 involving an off-duty female RNC constable, who was charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle after an accident on Topsail Road in Conception Bay South.

“We have had incidents recently that have been in the public eye that are of very serious nature,” McNeil said. “An incident like this certainly is something we would like to prevent and the main thing here is that we will continue to work to get impaired drivers and keep impaired drivers off our streets and roads.”

“I think what the public needs to know is that we take impaired driving matters very seriously. On a daily basis we investigate matters of impaired driving and we take them very serious, regardless of the profession.”