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."