City police officer sentenced to jail time

Nancy MacPhee
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SUMMERSIDE — A veteran city police officer was sentenced Thursday to five days behind bars after pleading guilty to refusing a breathalyzer demand.

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David Allan Murphy had been also charged with impaired driving, a charge that was stayed by the Crown after a guilty plea was entered on the charge of refusing a breathalyzer demand.  

Murphy, a 22-year-veteran and corporal with Summerside Police Services, was on leave from his job when, on Nov. 5, he was involved in a two-vehicle collision at the corner of Central Street and Pope Road.

Officers noticed signs of impairment and asked that Murphy provide a breath sample. He refused. He was asked again and refused.

Murphy ended up being taken to hospital where he stayed overnight and later entered into treatment.

The 46-year-old was on leave for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

An internal investigation was launched following the incident.

In addition to jail time, Murphy is suspended from driving for 12 months.


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Organizations: Summerside Police Services

Geographic location: Central Street

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Recent comments

  • what a farce
    January 17, 2013 - 13:56

    I dont know about you but he vowed to serve and protect....He should resign from the force or be fired for his actions. PTSD doesnt mean he should get a free pass. His sentence should be stiffer than normal since he is a "cop". He should lose his pension and his job. Drunk drivers are a waste of space!

    January 17, 2013 - 13:54

    There is no cure for PTSD added to this an alcohol problem and the inability to make a rational judgement to not drink and drive, I urge you to contact the Chief of Police, the Mayor and your Councillor and plead to have this officer pentioned off. In his high stress job he could put the life of a citizen or fellow officer at risk. Please and thank you.

  • Shocking
    January 17, 2013 - 11:39

    No charge for dangerous driving causing bodily harm, no fine or victim fee? Gross miscarriage of justice!