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Edmonton Police Officer Fined $1,000 for DUI on Anthony Henday Drive

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An Edmonton Police Department officer who hit a ditch twice while driving drunk on the Edmonton city ring road has been fined $1,000 and given a one-year off-duty driving ban.

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Natasha Green’s future as a constant officer is in the hands of the Professional Standards Branch of the Service.

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Green, a 10-year veteran of the service, was charged with three counts of driving license violations in March after multiple drivers saw her pickup crossing the northbound lane of Anthony Henday Drive.

She pleaded guilty in Alberta court Wednesday to one count of driving over the 0.08 blood alcohol limit.

According to the agreed statement of facts, Greene was in his GMC Sierra at approximately 9:30 pm on March 6 and drove into a ditch on the right side of Anthony Henday Drive near 111 Avenue.

The truck hit a light standard and strayed off the base.

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Instead of remaining at the scene, Green exited the ditch, crossed all northbound lanes, landed in the center ditch, and crashed into a barrier. We tracked Green as he exited Winterburn Road.

Green eventually stopped at Trumpeter Way, where police found her sitting at the tailgate.

“There was considerable damage to the front end and driver’s side of the truck,” the agreed facts said.

“After speaking with Greene, police found that she had a strong odor of liquor coming from her mouth as she spoke, and had signs of disability such as shiny and unfocused eyes, I was unsteady on my feet.”

Mr. Green was taken to the Northwest Police Department and about two hours after his arrest, he squirted 180 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood. This is more than double his legal limit. She was released later that morning after receiving notice of her appearance.

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Driving a vehicle over 0.08 is subject to a minimum fine of $1,000 and a maximum of $5,000 and/or two years’ imprisonment upon a summary conviction by the King.

The maximum sentence is extended to 10 years if the king indicts.

Prosecutor Robert Marquette sought a fine of $1,500 to $2,000, but defense attorney Mike Daniluich proposed a fine of $1,000, which the court ultimately agreed to.

Green was also handed a mandatory one-year driving ban.

Edmonton Police spokeswoman Cheryl Bodenhout said in an email that Greene is continuing to work in a “non-operational” role.

The incident will now be investigated under the Police Services Regulations to determine the disciplinary action Green faces, Boldenhout said.

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Edmonton Police Officer Fined $1,000 for DUI on Anthony Henday Drive

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