The investigation into a motor vehicle crash involving an off-duty police officer last month in Dartmouth is complete and no further charges will be laid against him.
On November 17 at 3:33 a.m., police responded to a report of a single vehicle crash in the 0-100 block of Prince Albert Road. Witnesses reported that a car travelling east on Prince Albert Road hit a power pole and the driver left the scene of the collision on foot. The responding officer identified the suspect as an off-duty officer and noted signs of impairment. He was arrested without incident and the subsequent investigation resulted in impaired driving charges being laid against 24-year-old Constable Ryan William Morris who has been with the Department for just over one year. He is scheduled to appear in Dartmouth Provincial Court on December 23, 2014.
Halifax Regional Police has completed the follow-up investigation into the single vehicle crash, including consulting with the Crown, and determined that no offences were committed under the Motor Vehicle Act.
Constable Morris remains suspended from duty with pay. Under the Nova Scotia Police Act, officers suspended must receive pay and allowances for at least 60 days during their suspension. After 60 days, the Chief of Police can make a determination as to whether the suspension will be with or without pay thereafter.