Veteran city police officer charged following collision

Stephen Brun
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SUMMERSIDE – City police have charged one of their members, a 22-year veteran of the force, with impaired driving and refusing the breathalyzer.

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Cpl. David Murphy is scheduled to appear in Summerside provincial court on Dec. 13 to answer to the charges, which stem from a two-vehicle collision on Nov. 5.

Police were called to the scene of the incident, at the corner of Central Street and Pope Road, at 1:30 p.m. There was extensive damage to both vehicles.

A Summerside woman was taken to Prince County Hospital and later released. An off-duty city police officer were taken into custody at the time.

The RCMP were called in to assist, which is customary when an investigation involves a member of the force. Summerside Police Services has also launched an internal code of conduct investigation into the matter.

Murphy has been on extended leave from the force for the past 11 months, where he will remain while the matter is before the courts.  

“Summerside Police Services would like to ensure the public that our members take road safety and impaired driving very seriously,” said deputy chief Sinclair Walker in a media release. “I would like to commend our officers on their professionalism in dealing with this investigation. We would also like to thank the RCMP for their assistance in investigating the accident.”

Organizations: RCMP, Summerside Police Services

Geographic location: Summerside, Central Street

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  • messed
    November 16, 2012 - 22:24

    yes it is worse that its a cop who did this in my opinion he is suppose to protect civilians from having this happen to them not make it happen. its like a dentist making you drink pop and eat sugar cmmon dont make sense

    November 16, 2012 - 16:48

    For this man, drunk in the afternoon, refusing breathalyzer, suspended for one year (for who knows what- I hope not drink related), this person should lose his licence permanently, jail time, not on weekends, rehab and community service in the morgue where victims of drunk drivers are taken and of course the loss of his job, because he does know better. Any other drunk driver or speeder should also suffer all of these consequences except loss of job. It is time to get the message out, if you cannot or will not obey the road rules, you lose the privilege.

    November 15, 2012 - 15:44

    What this Summerside Police Officer done was dead wrong but it is just a tip of the iceburg at Summerside Police Services. I refer you to the leader Chief Poirier and all the stuff he has hidden and continues to hide. Just to mention the FORD case would be one of coverup, what about the officer who was involved in Criminal matters and charges pending by the RCMP, what happened there? What about all the internal matters involving officers testimony in Court ,as well overall conduct. I know very few of the officers but I do know there are fine men and women in blue, its the bad apples thantspoil it for everyone, than comes the continued cover ups by upper management. People in every City or Town all know who are the good cops. Lets not forget Mayor Stewart, Deputy Mayor MacDougall, Council and Senior Management, all of who know exactly what the situation is and doing nothing about it hoping it all goes away. After the total embarrassment to the City over the case of the past Deputy Chief of Police and than the Concert fiasco, totalling over $5 million dollars, they walk around with their heads in the clouds acting like "What we never did anything wrong" Great leadership, total laughable situation, you are fooling noone.

  • Jakolin
    November 15, 2012 - 08:07

    Really John Doe?? What about Mr. Moase, and the lady he killed in Hunter River?? What about the other drunk drivers caught within the following week of that awful event? The courts can only do so much, it's up to us to take control of the issue and fix it. Call the cops on your loved ones if they go to drink and drive, or you may never see them again and what if they killed your grandchild, child or spouse in the process? The issue isn't the penalties its the stupidity of the people doing the offence. Alcohol kills us in so many different ways, drunk driving is one we can stop!!

  • dui is dui
    November 14, 2012 - 21:54

    Driving under the influence is a terrible crime and far too common on PEI. The penalties are not harsh enough to dissaude people (look at the habitual offender who was given 160 days vacation a couple of days ago). The fact that it's a cop who has been charged in this case makes the problem far worse. Perhaps part of his punishment could involve an ad campaign and/or educational lecture tour to help get across the total unacceptability of this type of behaviour and the often lethal consequences.

  • John W.A.Curtis
    November 14, 2012 - 19:48

    Mayor Stewart opposed a Police Commissioner. City Council twice refused an independent review of police. Evidence was excluded in the Ford case. Cpl Murphy will have his day in court

  • don
    November 14, 2012 - 12:37

    there you guys happy now there is the name you all couldnt wait for now that he is charged the name gets released .thats the law!!!

    • john doe
      November 14, 2012 - 16:13

      he should serve jail time and loss of licence and job and a nice big fine because if that was someone who wasnt a cop they would be in lots of trouble

    • george
      November 14, 2012 - 17:42

      Why do we have to put the fact the man is a policeman,His name would have been suffice. Will we see next week that a undertaker is caught for impaired ? The policeman is no differen,t than any other person, he can have alcohol related problems. It is difficult when his job is to charge impaired drivers.It is hard for policema to seek out help with addiction related issues. when they live in the fish bowl. If that is the case, the man should be sent off island for help,I trust he will not be thrown under the bus because he is a cop. George