Toronto police Det. Paul Drury faces impaired driving charges, misconduct after March incident in Oakville.

Toronto Police Service emblemA veteran Toronto police officer is facing criminal and disciplinary charges after allegedly driving drunk while operating a police vehicle earlier this year, the Toronto Star has learned.

Det. Paul Drury, who has more than 30 years on the Toronto force, made his first appearance at the police tribunal Tuesday, facing three counts of misconduct in connection with drunk-driving charges.

Drury is charged with one count of impaired driving and one count of driving with over 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood.

He was off-duty at the time of the alleged criminal conduct.

According to tribunal documents, the charges stem from March 10, 2016, when Drury was driving a Toronto police service vehicle in Oakville, near the Queen Elizabeth Way and Fourth Line.

The three counts of misconduct are for driving Toronto police equipment while having consumed sufficient alcohol to register a blood alcohol level of 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood; operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol; and operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level of over 80 milligrams.

“In so doing, you committed misconduct in that you did act in a disorderly manner or in a manner prejudicial to discipline or likely to bring discredit upon the reputation of the Toronto police service,” state the tribunal documents.

The tribunal charges will be set aside until the criminal proceedings have concluded.

Drury, assigned to the financial crimes unit at the time of the alleged criminal conduct, is now on administrative duties, said Toronto police spokesperson Meaghan Gray.

Source: The Toronto Star