Status of N.S. Mountie acquitted of liquor-related driving charge under review

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HALIFAX - 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.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: HALIFAX, Liverpool, Pine Grove Park

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  • HonKaw
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    Could this be another- looking after their own- Stop and think, the police officer that was on the wrong side of the 104 just before Christmas and crashed into a 18 wheeler killing himself. Not a word on that. No reason for him to be their- was he drinking, was it a death by choice- not word. This was a prime case of protecting one of their own. If it had been a regular citizen you know that a cause would have been forth coming- drinking etc. Should we really expect more on this one-

  • noone
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Perhaps you should take your own advice...stop and think...but you have left little evidence to show you do this much.
    It would be pointless to protect a dead officer, but if they were protecting him, would it really matter since he was already dead?
    As for the current issue, why did it take fellow officers 3.5 hours to respond to the call for help from a fellow officer who was stranded in the freezing cold with no one to turn to, how dare she get into her car and prevent herself for freezing. There is no evidence that any of her peers were trying to protect her!

  • jenifer
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    The legal system is very lopsided when it comes to convicting there own ..... The fact she was drunk in a vechile it should not matter if the keys were in it ! if your drunk call a cab and get a room for a night copper !

  • chief wiggam
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    if that any other of us we probably would have got the same treatment. so all you got to do is stop your vehicle put the emergency brake on and take the keys out.
    i bet the keys weren't going to be out that long seeing as it was in the middle of winter.

  • Glen
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Funny, I just read recently in the Truro Daily, courts briefs, where a local man had been found guilty of care and control, after falling asleep in his car, having decided not to drive. Cheif Wiggam is right, had it been any one else, they would be WALKING out of court, and walking for another year. Pure BS!!!!!

  • Joe
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    The judge just open the door to the thousands of people who were caught, and covicted sitting in their parked car, who according to the law had control of that car whiel they were under the influnce. I can see the appeals going now. What was this judge thinking.

  • Bob
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Many years ago I left a party, crawled into the backseat of my car & went to sleep. A couple of hours later 2 law officers banged on the window, I opened the door & they hauled me out of the car. I had the keys in my pocket & was charged with care & control. I had no intention of driving and actually didn't know that I was doing anything wrong at the time. An expensive lesson.
    According to the facts, she was sitting behind the wheel with open liquor in the vehicle, drunk. Sounds like care & control to me.