Bomb expert accused of drunk driving

An RCMP officer has been charged with dangerous and impaired driving after witnesses in West Vancouver reported seeing a vehicle lose control, hit a median and land in a ditch.

West Vancouver Const. Jeff Palmer says 47-year-old Victor Joseph Cunha is also accused of driving with a blood-alcohol limit above the legal limit when he was arrested last November.

Palmer says a police investigation resulted in charges being recommended against Cunha, who was off-duty when the single-vehicle crash occurred.

The Mountie, is scheduled to make his first court appearance in North Vancouver on June 26.

Here is an excerpt from he RCMP website from a file story about Cunha:

"The gregarious Sgt. Victor Cunha, who is in charge of the (Explosive Disposal) Unit, has been called upon to instruct in Mexico and has shared his exper­tise with police officers in the United States, Barbados and Argentina. The exchange of intelligence has made EDU/CBRN’s reach international.

In order to perform the Unit’s risky and highly dangerous duties the EDU/CBRN is outfitted with very sophisti­cated technical equipment ranging from special protective shielding known as bomb suits to remote mechanical investigators (RMIs) and detecting equipment. This evolving and ever-improving technology en­ables EDU/CBRN to be a leader in explo­sive disposal."


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