Sta­tus of Moun­tie ac­quit­ted of liquor-re­lated driv­ing charge un­der re­view

Cape Breton Post - - ATLANTIC -

HAL­I­FAX (CP) — The sta­tus of a Nova Sco­tia RCMP of­fi­cer who was ac­quit­ted of hav­ing care or con­trol of her ve­hi­cle while im­paired by al­co­hol is un­der re­view.

Const. Cather­ine Mans­ley is still on the pay­roll, but she is do­ing ad­min­is­tra­tive du­ties and not out in a pa­trol car.

Mans­ley’s place­ment with the force “will be re­viewed by se­nior man­age­ment in H Divi­sion in or­der to de­ter­mine her fu­ture sta­tus,” Cpl. M.J. DeLuco, a spokes­woman for the pro­vin­cial force said Satur­day.

Mans­ley went on trial in pro­vin­cial court last week on a charge of hav­ing care of her ve­hi­cle while her blood al­co­hol read­ings were more than twice the le­gal limit of .08.

An­other RCMP of­fi­cer found her sit­ting in the driver’s seat of her per­sonal ve­hi­cle early on the morn­ing of Jan. 31, 2009.

She was in the park­ing lot of a pop­u­lar walk­ing area just out­side Liver­pool called Pine Grove Park where she planned to spend the night af­ter her for­mer boyfriend kicked her out of his home.

Pro­vin­cial court Judge Jim Bur­rill ruled Fri­day that Mans­ley was im­paired and had open liquor in the ve­hi­cle, but he ac­quit­ted her say­ing he was con­vinced she did not in­tend to drive her car that night.

He also said there was no ev­i­dence that Mans­ley drove the car to the park from the neigh­bour’s home where she sought refuge af­ter the ar­gu­ment with her for­mer boyfriend — a dis­tance of about 500 me­tres.

In ac­quit­ting her, the judge noted that her keys were not in the ig­ni­tion, there was lit­tle chance the car could have ac­ci­den­tally moved be­cause the emer­gency brake was on and there was also lit­tle chance Mans­ley would have changed her mind and driven away.

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