Summerside police officer sentenced for refusing breathalyzer

Nancy MacPhee nmacphee@journalpioneer.com
Published on January 17, 2013
Scales of justice

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

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.

An internal investigation was launched following the incident.

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