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Police officer faces criminal charges

Police Media Releases - Friday, Nov 28, 2014 at 4:30pm

A Halifax Regional Police officer faces criminal charges as a result of an incident that occurred last night on Highway 101 near New Minas.

At 10:09 p.m., New Minas RCMP conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by an off-duty HRP officer. As a result of their investigation, the officer is facing charges of impaired driving and having a blood alcohol level that exceeds the legal limit. The name of the officer cannot be released at this time since the information has not been sworn before the courts.

The male officer is scheduled to appear in Kentville Provincial Court at a later date. He has been suspended with pay this afternoon pending the outcome of this matter. Under the Nova Scotia Police Act, officers suspended must receive pay and allowances for at least 60 days during their suspension. After 60 days, the Chief of Police can make a determination as to whether the suspension will be with or without pay thereafter.

Another media release outlining the officer’s name will be issued once the information has been sworn before the courts. This is expected to happen Monday, December 1.