Veteran city police officer back in court in January

Nancy MacPhee
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SUMMERSIDE — The case of veteran Summerside city police officer charged with impaired driving will be back in court in January.

Prince County Courthouse.

David Allan Murphy didn’t appear in Summerside provincial court Thursday morning for arraignment on charges of impaired driving and refusing a breathalyzer demand.

Instead, his lawyer requested an adjournment until January, at which time Murphy is expected to enter pleas on the two charges.

No facts were presented in court.

The 46-year-old corporal, a 22-veteran of the Summerside force, was charged following a two-vehicle collision on Nov. 5.

Police were called to accident, which occurred at the corner of Central Street and Pope Road, at 1:30 p.m. that day. There was extensive damage to both vehicles and a Sumerside woman was taken to Prince County Hospital and later released.

Murphy, the alleged driver of one of the vehicles involved, was off-duty at the time of the collision and was immediately taken into custody.

Since the investigation involved one of their own, Summerside Police Services called RCMP to assist and has since launched an internal code of conduct investigation.

At the time of the collision, Murphy had been on extended leave for almost a year.

He is scheduled to be back in court at 9 a.m. on Jan. 17.

Organizations: Prince County Hospital, Summerside Police Services, RCMP

Geographic location: Summerside, Central Street

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  • doug
    January 30, 2013 - 20:58

    Bottom line,, you do the crime, you do the time, out of all people, he should know better,,,,,,,,,

  • ....
    December 14, 2012 - 18:56

    This really angers me, for the simple fact that if this would have been one hour later in the day this womans children would have been with her, and considering the extensive damage to the back of the vehicle her children most definatly would have been injured. I absolutley believe he should be charged and treated the same as every other drunk driver, I also believe he deserves whatever he gets. He could have killed someone and drinking and driving shouldn't ever be taken lightly especially since it happens way to often in this provience.

    December 14, 2012 - 15:32

    Don't you get it yet? Stop with all the excuses. Drunk driving is a criminal offence. It is a preventable crime.

  • Joan
    December 14, 2012 - 14:16

    People can be so cruel. A police officer is only human and can have addiction problems just like anyone else. As for why he was on extended leave, that is not out business. He may have had some personal problems and as in any job, that information should be kept private. He needs help for his problems and as I understand he has a young family that will need him

  • RJG
    December 14, 2012 - 09:00

    Come on now, do not be so harsh on him. We do not know why he has been on extended leave for almost a year, that maybe the reason for his drinking. But He is only human regardless of what type of job he has, everyone can make a mistake, big or small.

  • Summerside Resident
    December 14, 2012 - 08:37

    There is alot hid in the back room under this present leader Chief David Poirier.Remember the Ford Case and others of similar nature. Mayor Stewart , Deputy Mayor MacDougall, Councilors Holman, Steele and Dowling now know as the "gang of five" are fully aware of back room hidden agenda's such as the Hopping Report just to mention one, all should be ashamed of themselves after taking an oath of office, of well the Old Boys Club will soon be all gone.

  • don
    December 14, 2012 - 02:51

    if i was the judge i would give him the max. due to 22 years of holding up the law. then to break it is a disgrace to me he is the same as any other drunk he is lucky he did not kill the lady or a child. but why was he on extended leave for almost a year.that seems to be kept in the back room as normal with the city.

    • Don Your Amazing
      December 14, 2012 - 08:47

      Your so wise and insightful. You would give him the Max but allow John Doe neighbor to go with less. Even yourself mentioned 22 years of holding up the Law, which doesn’t mentioned holding the hands of strangers who loved ones are dying in front of them, numerous deaths (MVC's) suicides, wondering if your going to get a gun pulled out on you or not. Having to issue some life changing penlites on people. You seem to forget, he is human, he is no different then a doctor, lawyer, gas attendant, cashier, he is human. Do you think Doctors don't make mistakes? Did he get bit by the bottle, as a number of islanders do' maybe who knows, however he is human. Did he do wrong = yes. Should he pay = yes. The same as anyone else. If this is second, third, forth = throw the book at him. I truly believe you have a false hope that because these people choose to go to school that it make them a superhero instead of human. Its not so, Doctors get sick, Paramedics catch colds, Firefighters get burnt. Cause their human. Don I wish you and your family A Merry Christmas. Signed totally against Drinking and Driving & Realistic that Professionals are only Humans too.

    • Donna
      December 14, 2012 - 11:33

      Seriously Don??? Whether he is a police officer or a doctor or an unemployed homeless man/woman they all deserve the same treatment. Yes, he should know better because of his profession and the length of time but there are not separate rules depending on your career choice. Also, what business is it of the publics to know why he is on a Leave. I work and if I was on a sick or any other leave it is NOBODY'S business besides my employer and myself...just because he works for the City of Summerside doesn't mean anything different...AND NO I AM NOT RELATED TO HIM, as a matter-of-fact, I don't even know him.