Durham officer charged with impaired driving

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Durham officer charged with impaired driving

Postby Thomas » Tue Oct 23, 2012 3:11 am

Durham officer charged with impaired driving after Whitby crash

October 12, 2012 00:10:00

DURHAM -- A Durham police officer seriously injured in a two-car collision while off duty in August has been charged with impaired driving.
Investigators charged the officer Thursday following an investigation into a crash at the intersection of Lakeridge and Taunton roads in Whitby on Aug. 29. Police said at the time of the incident alcohol was suspected as a contributing factor.

Matthew McLaughlin, 29, of Lindsay, is charged with impaired driving and driving while exceeding the legal blood alcohol limit. He is to appear in court in Oshawa in November.

Constable McLaughlin has served four years with Durham police and is stationed in the North Division, the service said.

Police said Const. McLaughlin's 2012 Kia was eastbound on Taunton at about 9 p.m. when it collided with a Mercedes SUV that was northbound on Lakeridge Road.

The officer had to be extricated from his vehicle and sustained serious injuries. The driver of the Mercedes, a 37-year-old Ajax man, wasn't injured, police said.

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