Regina cop sentenced for drinking and driving
A Regina police officer has pleaded guilty to a drinking-and-driving charge — and now his future with the police service is up for discussion.
On Thursday, Cpl. Darryl Blampied, 43, pleaded guilty to driving while having a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit of .08.
He's now banned from driving for a year and has to pay a $1,200 fine.
Court heard Blampied was off duty early in the morning of Jan. 29 when he had been drinking.
Someone spotted him leaving a bar and getting behind the wheel of a car.
Police were called to the 1000 block of Park St.
When officers caught up with Blampied he said he had only had two beers, but he blew roughly twice the legal limit, court heard.
Blampied, a 10-year veteran with the Regina police, admitted through his lawyer that he should not have gotten behind the wheel.
He also felt embarrassed that he put his fellow officers in the position of having to arrest him, the lawyer said.
Court heard Blampied had been going through a separation with his spouse and had been taking antidepressants.
After he was charged, Police Chief Troy Hagen relieved him from duty for 30 days with pay.
There was no immediate word Thursday on Blampied's future with the police service.
In addition to the charge, he faces internal discipline under the Police Act.