There is no one “type” of person who is arrested for impaired driving. Anyone from any walk of life can make the choice to drink and then get behind the wheel. For their part, police will arrest anyone who violates impaired driving laws, even if that person is also a fellow police officer.
That’s what happened in Edmonton late last year. Edmonton Police Service Const. Lexy Kerr wasn’t on-duty at the time and she wasn’t driving a squad car, but she did manage to speed in her own vehicle straight into a checkpoint around two am. She almost hit another police officer because she was going so fast, and when they managed to stop her she admitted she’d been drinking.
As an officer of the law, Kerr knew the procedure for a drunk driving stop. That didn’t stop her from failing her field sobriety test and blowing double the legal limit on a breathalyzer, but instead of understanding the trouble she was in, she asked the other officer to do her a “solid” and let her go. She also mentioned that she was a “p” a few times, and asked if someone could just give her a ride home.
Instead of getting a pass on her impaired driving charge, she was arrested. Now that the dust has settled and she’s pleaded guilty, she’s been given a suspension of 70 hours with no pay. That amounts to $3,300 – a stiff hit to the pocket book.
Anyone can be arrested for impaired driving. That includes a police officer who knows the law and should definitely understand what can happen if you mix alcohol and driving.