A constable with the Cape Breton Regional Police has been sentenced to three months of house arrest with conditions for obstruction of justice and breach of trust.
Const. Ron Williams, who was found guilty in November, was sentenced Tuesday in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia.
The Crown had recommended a sentence of seven to nine months, while the defence had recommended a conditional sentence that would allow the 39-year-old man to keep working in Western Canada as a pipefitter.
Judge Simon MacDonald noted Williams did not profit from his actions, has no criminal record and is well regarded by fellow officers and the community. He said Williams had suffered financially and damaged his reputation.
MacDonald also said Williams ignored a serious offence and lied and falsified reports. He said that undermines confidence in the police and the justice system.
"He'll be confined to the lodge where he is currently living while working out West, other than the times that he is actually performing the duties of his employment there," said MacDonald.
Williams, an 11-year veteran of the force, was suspended with pay on Aug. 3.
In 2011, a liquor inspector reported to police that an impaired driver was leaving the legion in Whitney Pier. Williams was at the police lock up when he was assigned the call.
Williams was charged after he asked the jailer to warn the alleged drunk driver by phone that police were on their way to his house.
He later falsified a report and then lied to his superiors, claiming other officers had searched for the suspect.
An internal police investigation will resume now that criminal proceedings are over. The penalties can range from a reprimand to a dismissal.