A suspended Windsor police officer has been sentenced to one year probation after he pleaded guilty to assault and exceeding the legal blood-alcohol limit in relation to an incident in 2018.
In addition to a single year of probation, Constable Kenneth Burt was sentenced to a one year driving ban and a $1,000 fine on Monday in a Windsor courtroom.
Court heard Const. Burt was involved in an altercation with several people near Greenpark Boulevard and Wyandotte Street East in September 2018.
They were trying to take a picture of Burt’s licence plate as he was driving erratically and an altercation ensued.
Court heard Burt punched one of the passengers in a vehicle through an open window and also struck a woman who was five months pregnant.
Burt, who was off-duty at the time, was charged with impaired driving, exceeding the legal limit of blood-alcohol concentration and four counts of assault after the early morning incident.
In court on Monday, Burt expressed remorse and shame for the incident.
His lawyer, Andrew Bradie, said Burt was in the Canadian Armed forces and served in Afghanistan in 2008 and 2009. He has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Had it not been for that particular ailment from which he suffers for having served his country there was no other explanation for his behaviour on the night in question,” said Bradie.
The 20-year veteran of the Windsor Police Service has been suspended with pay since the incident.
“The facts now that were played out in court now will be transferred to a tribunal of the Police Services Act and decisions will be made there,” said police chief Al Frederick, who admitted to being disappointed that the incident happened.