Police Officer Faces Criminal Charges



A Halifax Regional Police Officer faces criminal charges as a result of an incident that occurred early this morning in Dartmouth.

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. Witnesses provided a description of the driver and he was located shortly after 4 a.m. on Portland Street, on the overpass to Highway 111. 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 has resulted in charges being laid against 23-year-old Constable Ryan William Morris. 

Constable Morris, who has been with the Department for 1 year, is charged with impaired driving and having a blood alcohol level that exceeds the legal limit which is 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood (mg%). He is scheduled to appear in Dartmouth Provincial Court on December 23, 2014. Constable Morris has been suspended pending the outcome of this matter.  The investigation into the crash is ongoing and additional charges are anticipated under the Motor Vehicle Act.