Calgary Police Service member charged in on-duty incident
The Calgary Police Service has charged a 9-year member following an on-duty incident where an officer is alleged to have obstructed an investigation into a potentially impaired driver.
On Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, at approximately 7 p.m., CPS received a call about a woman reportedly passed out in the driver’s seat of her vehicle with the engine running, in the 300 block of Cranston Road S.E. An officer attended the call, at which point it is believed that he cancelled the request of breath technicians.
It is also alleged that the officer requested that dispatch recode the call to a suspended driver, despite signs of impairment being present. The officer then gave the woman a ride home and no investigation was completed. It is alleged that the officer and the woman knew each other prior to this incident.
In November 2016, information of this incident was received by the CPS Anti-Corruption Unit and a formal investigation was launched.
Upon completion of the investigation, CPS consulted the Edmonton Crown Prosecutor’s Office, which recommended charges.
On Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, Mark McCULLOUGH, 44, was arrested and charged with one count each of breach of trust and obstruction of justice.
McCULLOUGH is currently suspended with pay on an unrelated matter.
A Professional Standards Section investigation will proceed upon the conclusion of the criminal process.