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Drunk driving charges laid in the death of Alberta RCMP officer

Police have charged a man with impaired driving resulting in the death of an Edson, Alberta, male RCMP officer. The drunk driving charges were laid after the officer, who was riding a bicycle, was struck by a vehicle and killed. The 35-year-old accused man also faces other charges.

The victim was riding his bike at about 9 p.m. on Range Road 181, just about three kilometres west of Edson, when he was struck. The accused was conditionally released on bail. He is scheduled to appear in court on a later date. The investigation is ongoing with the help of the Alberta RCMP criminal collision investigation team.

Edson is a community in west central Alberta and where the young RCMP constable lived. He was off duty at the time of the incident. He was very involved in the community, which is about 200 kilometres west of Edmonton. The suspect is also charged with refusing to comply with the demands of a peace officer.

Drunk driving charges are serious. Those accused need the advice of a lawyer experienced in criminal law. The onus of proof is on Crown prosecutors to prove the accused was drunk at the time of the incident.

Alberta government prosecutors will have to show the court that the right steps were taken at the incident scene to prove the intoxicated state of the accused. Breathalyzer or blood tests must be performed properly. If those tests weren't performed at the scene or at hospital or if they were done incorrectly, drunk driving charges might not stick in a court of law.

Source: Edmonton - CBC News, "Man charged with impaired driving causing death of Edson Mountie", July 6, 2017

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