Member Ordered Dismissed From the Service
The Calgary Police Service has dismissed a member after he was officially found responsible for multiple Police Service Regulation offences.
On Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, Sgt. Anthony Braile was ordered dismissed from the Service. He admitted responsibility to nine counts of professional misconduct during a lengthy disciplinary proceeding, where the particulars were established at hearing.
The Presiding Officer found that, in his capacity as a District 2 street supervisor on Dec. 15, 2008, and while operating a marked vehicle, he initiated a traffic stop of a possible impaired driver operating a Ford F-350 pickup truck. The vehicle sped away from Sergeant Braile at a high rate of speed.
Sgt. Braile notified dispatch of the attempted traffic stop and direction of travel of the vehicle, and stated he was not following the truck. In fact, contrary to pursuit policy, he pursued the Ford F-350 for approximately 58 minutes through several residential areas and eventually into the downtown core, over a distance of 52 kilometres. The speeds attained during the course of the pursuit reached 145 km/h in less than favourable road and weather conditions. Sgt. Braile used Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) messaging to direct another unit under his command to assist in the pursuit, off the air.
While Sgt. Braile was driving the wrong way on 5th Avenue S.W., the F-350 collided at right angles in an intersection with a cab causing serious injuries to the taxi driver. At the scene of the collision, Sergeant Braile provided misleading and incomplete information to the District 1 Sergeant and the Duty Inspector who were working that evening. A criminal prosecution resulted, with Sgt. Braile ultimately pleading guilty to a charge of careless driving under the Traffic Safety Act (TSA).