Off-duty officer in York charged with impaired driving

An off-duty officer with the York Regional Police has been charged with impaired driving following a minor single-vehicle accident in Whitchurch-Stouffville Friday (May 24) morning

A concerned citizen called in around 5:30 a.m. to report that a vehicle went off the roadway and struck a guardrail in the area of Ninth Line and Cedarvale Boulevard. There were no injuries. The driver of the vehicle, Constable Paul Thompson has been charged with impaired driving.

“Constable Thompson, 38, of the Town of Newmarket, has been a member of York Regional Police since 2006. He has previously worked in as a uniform patrol officer in #5 District and is currently working out of #3 District. He has been placed on administrative duties,” reads a media release from police.

“York Regional Police is committed to transparency and is accountable to our community,” added Chief Eric Jolliffe.

“When we charge a member with a criminal offence, that information is released to our community as a part of that commitment.”

A media release notes that the YRP has made “consistent and ongoing efforts to stop impaired driving on our roads through enforcement and education, including the creation of a variety of public education campaigns aimed at further engaging our community in this fight.”

“Earlier this week, York Regional Police temporarily suspended the release of names of all drivers charged with impaired driving as we review the process and analyze the data to determine if the practice has resulted in reduced incidents of impaired driving.”

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