Calgary police constable pleads guilty to drunk driving, given discharge

A Calgary police constable who admitted to driving with a blood-alcohol reading more than twice the legal limit has been given a discharge and a one-year driving ban.

CALGARY — A Calgary police constable who admitted to driving with a blood-alcohol reading more than twice the legal limit has been given a discharge and a one-year driving ban.

Const. Gary Woods pleaded guilty to impaired driving and was given the discharge on the condition that he doesn’t touch liquor for the next 12 months.

Olds RCMP arrested Woods in May after he was found stumbling outside a restaurant.

Calgary Police Association president John Dooks says Woods has been suspended with pay pending an internal review.

Dooks says the options for the chief of police range from an official warning to dismissal.

Woods was recruited from Ireland where he had worked as a police officer for 15 years.