TORONTO —; An off-duty Durham Regional Police officer has been charged with impaired driving, in the fourth such incident involving officers at the police force since July.
Durham Regional Police said an officer working with a RIDE team pulled over a vehicle that was “driving erratically” on Regional Road 57 in Clarington, Ont. at about 8:45 p.m. on Thursday.
The driver of the vehicle was found to be impaired and identified as an off-duty officer from the force’s North division.
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Terry Deonarain, 57, has been charged with impaired driving and exceeding 0.08 milligrams of alcohol. He was released on a promise to appear in court at an undisclosed later date and will be assigned to administrative duties.
“Well obviously we’re concerned. I know the chief is speaking to frontline officers at platoons,” DRPS spokesman Dave Selby said, in response to the fact that four officers had been charged with impaired driving in a number of months.
“We’re going to double our efforts in trying to educate our officers about how unacceptable this is.”
Selby added that the DRPS Chief Paul Martin would be working with the Durham Regional Police Association union to conduct more “internal messaging” with officers and screen a video.
“We proactively put this information out. We don’t have to, but we feel very strongly that the public has a right to know,” said Selby.
“Anytime we charge any of our employees with a criminal charge we make sure we issue a media release, so that we’re open and transparent.”
Anyone with new information about this incident is asked contact the DRPS Professional Standards Unit or Crime Stoppers.