Police officer accused of drinking and driving back in court in January

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22-year veteran of Summerside police charged after two-vehicle crash in November

Prince County Court House, Summerside

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

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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  • Bob Macdonald
    December 15, 2012 - 07:32

    If the Judges had the wisdom to lock these people up then they wouldn't be able to drink and drive and the end result would be that at least 2 people right here in PEI would be alive now. Two deaths this past summer by repeat drunk drivers that should have been behind bars! Makes you wonder who's fault it really is?

    December 14, 2012 - 15:38

    Stop the people you know from drinking and driving and very few drunk drivers will be on the road. It is a preventable crime.