MADD Canada calls impaired, stunt driving charges against Peel police union head 'appalling'
Not one, but two GTA police officers are facing impaired driving charges from this past weekend and one of them is also facing a charge of stunt driving.
The officer facing two offences, 44-year-old Adrian Woolley, is also head of the Peel Regional Police Association, which has yet to comment.
Stunt driving means he's accused of driving at least 50 km/hr over the posted speed limit.
"That conduct is appalling, there's no other word to describe it," MADD Canada CEO Andrew Murie said. "It's bad enough driving impaired."
"Then you add the high element of speed, it's just a lethal combination."
The other incident involves 42-year-old Cst. Tina Teeter, a 16-year-old veteran of the York Regional Police.
"This is very troubling considering the work that York Regional Police is doing to combat impaired driving," Chief Eric Jolliffe wrote in a news release.
Teeter has been placed on administrative leave and was one of 18 drivers charged with impaired driving in the region this past weekend.
Spokesperson and Cst. Laura Nicolle echoed the chief's comments.
"We're held to the same standard, if not higher and that's something that's been consistent throughout," she said.
Just before the new year, York Regional Police began releasing the names of individuals charged with impaired driving, as opposed to simply releasing how many drivers were caught.
"These are people across the board in terms of careers, ages, backgrounds, this seems to have no real definitive people who are making these choices," she said. "We hope to see a commitment certainly from our members, but from our entire community as well, people just need to make a clear distinction, if there's drinking at all, driving just can't be part of the equation."
Murie notes that MADD Canada often partners with various police forces for tons of projects and said 99.9 per cent of officers are outstanding.
"That disappointment is right across the board, but the good thing is they're going to be held accountable," he said. "They take this issue very seriously and these officers are disciplined."