Durham Regional Police cruiser.An off-duty Durham police officer is charged with impaired driving after police had to call in the K9 unit and a police helicopter to search for a driver who crashed his vehicle into a tree.

Early Nov. 21, police responded to the Liberty Street North area of Bowmanville, north of Taunton Road, after a report of a vehicle striking a tree.

The vehicle had extensive damage but the driver couldn’t be found. The K9 unit and Air 2, the York Region police helicopter, searched the area.

They were unable to locate the driver, however at 4:20 a.m., officers responded to a report of an injured man at Lakeridge Health Port Perry. According to police, a passerby had driven the man to hospital.

Police charged Durham police Detective Constable Scott Robertson, a 36-year-old member of the fraud unit, with impaired driving and failing to report an accident. He was released after a promise to appear in court.

Source: The Hamilton Spectator