A York Regional Police officer is facing serious charges after allegedly fleeing the scene of a hit and run. The off-duty Ontario police officer, who is accused of being impaired, collided with a motorcyclist causing serious injuries before leaving the area. He was later arrested by fellow members of the regional police unit.

According to a statement by YRP, officers responded to a report of a serious collision on Highway 7, near York Durham Line on September 29. Upon their arrival, police located a motorcyclist who had been struck and took the driver to hospital in serious condition.

During their investigation, officers discovered that a Nissan Pathfinder had run into the motorcycle and fled the scene. The suspect’s vehicle was later found, and an off-duty officer was charged with impaired driving. The accused was not injured during the crash.

Forty-two-year-old Nathan Coates, a constable for the York Regional Police, has been charged with impaired driving causing bodily harm, operation of a vehicle with a blood-alcohol over 80 milligrams causing physical harm, failing to stop at the scene of an accident, and dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

 

“This incident is extremely disheartening and does not reflect the values of our organization. As law enforcement professionals, we are in a position of trust and we are rightfully held to a higher standard by members of our community,” said Chief Eric Jolliffe in a news release.

“Every day, our members are committed to keeping our community safe, especially when it comes to impaired driving. For those members who do not uphold our values and make the unforgivable decision to drive while impaired, they will be held accountable for their actions, without exception.”

Coates will appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket on October 24, 2019. He has been suspended from duty and could face additional charges under the Police Services Act.

Sadly, this seems to be a part of a growing problem. A 17-year-old boy recently became the eighth person in Toronto to be struck by a car in September. The teenager, identified as Samuel Dan Kumar, was hit by a vehicle while crossing the street near Scarborough’s Golfdale Gardens neighbourhood. 


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