by Trevor Robb
An Edmonton police officer has been fined and suspended from duty after pleading guilty to driving drunk with a blood alcohol level two times over the legal limit.
Const. Adam Wilson pleaded guilty March 1 to two counts of discreditable conduct after a witness saw him driving erratically at around 1:08 a.m. on Sept. 13, 2015, near Spruce Grove.
Wilson, a two year veteran of the Edmonton Police Service with no previous disciplinary record, was driving a black Jeep Wrangler at the time and was seen swerving all over the road, travelling at varying speeds and braking suddenly.
An RCMP officer located the Jeep on Highway 16 near Range Road 14 and saw the vehicle cross the shoulder line multiple times while drifting in the lane.
After pulling the vehicle over, the officer noticed Wilson had glassy red eyes and a strong odour of liquor on his breath. The officer administered a roadside screen device, which Wilson failed. He was subsequently arrested for impaired driving and taken to the Stony Plain RCMP detachment, where he provided two breath samples of .19.
Wilson was fined $1,690 and handed a one year driving prohibition. He was suspended without pay for 70 hours, amounting to a financial loss of $2,600.
According to police documents, Wilson accepted responsibility for his actions at the "literally first possible opportunity" and has sought counselling to help deal with his drinking.