an off-duty fellow officer for drunk driving.
But after the Nov. 28, 2009 arrest, Vanderburgh was “harassed and berated” by fellow officers for seemingly violating an unwritten code among officers to remain loyal to each other, the Toronto Star reports. Other officers reportedly called Vanderburgh names, including “rat.”
The off-duty cop, Breton Berthiaume, was charged with impaired
driving and having a blood alcohol level of more than 0.08 percent,
according to an internal police disciplinary ruling.
Berthiaume reportedly had been driving erratically when Vanderburgh
(pictured above) pulled him over. The arresting officer then took
Berthiaume to the nearest police station where his blood alcohol level
could be tested.
Some officers witnessing the arrest “took exception to a police
officer being charged or investigated,” prosecutor Mary-Anne Mackett
told a court that heard Berthiaume’s case this week.
A judge who previously ruled in the case in a pre-trial hearing said
that an officer witnessing the incident “refused to assist Constable
Vanderburgh in the arrest and preparation of paperwork at [the police
Later that evening another officer, James Little, followed
Vanderburgh as he left the station in his patrol car and pulled him over
for purportedly running a red light, giving him a ticket.
The ticket was eventually dismissed and Little pleaded guilty to
“discreditable conduct” and was ordered to forfeit 20 days’ pay.
Two other officers, including a staff sergeant who failed to
intervene during Little’s retaliatory action, were also disciplined and
were docked as much as 20 days’ pay.
Saturday, June 2, 2012
A list of my faves
- The Curious Cat Lives
- This Could Happen To You
- Girls Doing Men
- Alltop Oddities
- Herald Police Blotter
- My Man Mumbles
- Girl power at its finest
- Super cool T's
- Straight Talk