Halifax Coun. Reg Rankin charged with impaired driving
Mayor Mike Savage says he's disappointed, says Rankin 'needs to reflect'
Halifax Regional Municipality Mayor Mike Savage says he's disappointed to learn a member of the regional council has been charged with impaired driving.
Reg Rankin, the councillor for Timberlea-Beechville-Clayton Park West, was arrested for impaired driving after a car struck his house in Timberlea on Wednesday night.
Rankin told CBC News on Thursday he was charged the previous night with impaired driving, but said he had no other comment.
Savage said Rankin is likely aware of how serious a situation he finds himself.
"I was disappointed, obviously, when I heard about it," Savage said Thursday. "But I don't want to prejudge the circumstances of it. We need to do some more information gathering. Reg needs to reflect."
Nova Scotia RCMP were called to a house located at 82 Maplewood Dr. at around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday after reports that a car had driven into the Timberlea home. According to property records, the house belongs to Rankin and his wife.
Nearly three years ago, Rankin took a leave of absence from Halifax regional council to seek professional help and medical treatment. The reason was not disclosed.
Rankin is scheduled to appear in court on May 5 on the impaired driving charge.
He has been issued a temporary licence for seven days to get his affairs in order, after which he will be barred from driving for three months.