David Griffin has resigned from his volunteer position as president of the MADD East Prince County chapter after being charged with alcohol-related driving charges.
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David Griffin has resigned as president of MADD East Prince County after being charged with the very crime that the organization lobbies against.
Griffin, a former deputy chief with Summerside Police Services and a 45-year veteran of the force, was the volunteer president of the local chapter when, in June, he was charged with impaired driving.
The 65-year-old immediately notified MADD Canada and resigned from his post, said Andrew Murie, the organization’s CEO, on Tuesday.
“We have protocols for volunteers, for staff, for anybody involved in the organization,” said Murie. “Any infractions involving any kind of driving offence, especially impaired driving, means you can no longer work or volunteer for the organization.”
On June 5, according to information recently filed with the provincial court in Summerside, Griffin was stopped by a city police officer and charged with two alcohol-related driving offences.
He is scheduled to appear in provincial court in Summerside on Aug. 27 at 9 a.m.
Griffin has not yet entered a plea.
When contacted Griffin did not wish to comment.
Anyone in P.E.I. charged with impaired driving is handed a 90-day administrative driving prohibition effective seven days after serving a 24-hour roadside suspension, enforced immediately after an alleged incident takes place.
Summerside Police Services Chief David Poirier, when contacted for comment Tuesday, did not wish to speak on the case, saying it is now before the courts.
Murie said that in his more than 18 years with MADD Canada, he does not recall anyone with the organization being charged with impaired driving.
“When you figure the tens of thousands of people that have volunteered over the past 20 years for the organization, it shows that those high principles are followed,” added MADD Canada’s CEO.
Murie said Griffin was a class act.
“He immediately resigned as soon as he was charged.”
He called the incident sad and unfortunate.
“It was a shock to us as well.”
Murie feels that the incident will not impact negatively on the organization and the work it does to stop impaired driving, which claims, each year in Canada, between 1,250 to 1,500 lives and causes close to 64,000 injuries.
“I think that people will be understanding. These things happen in life and it is unfortunate and it is unfortunate that it happened to us and he is a former police officer as well,” added Murie.
“He’s a good guy. I feel awful about it.”