Durham Police Det/Sgt charged with impaired driving.

Leon Lynch works in Major Crimes

A 26-year veteran of Durham Regional Police has been charged with impaired driving.

Police got a call Thursday night from someone in Oshawa, concerned about an unresponsive man in a car nearby. Officers showed found the car near Bloor St W and Oxford St and arrested the driver.

50-year-old Leon Lynch has been charged. He was off-duty at the time

Detective Sergeant Lynch works in Durham Regional Police's Major Crime Unit. He will stay on the job, but his duties will be modified.

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  1. Greg posted on 02/21/2014 04:57 PM
    This is what drives me nuts when MADD talks about more rights-infringing laws such as random breath tests. People are going to drink and drive no matter what you do as evidenced here by a police officer who bloody well should have known better. Now, we have come a long way in the fight against drunk driving to the point that those who do become pariahs - that's a good thing. But we have to realize that, in a free society, people are going to do dumb, illegal things. You can't stop it. Short of a breathalyzer interlock in every vehicle and R.I.D.E checks on every corner, you just can't catch them all.
    But, I guess those who make a living running MADD need to keep busy in order to justify themselves so they will continue to promote overreaching legislation.
    1. HP posted on 02/21/2014 05:18 PM
      @Greg Cops are the worst offenders, they pretty well live in the bottle. You'll see them at 2:00 AM in industrial parking lots, usually a few cruisers and they all bring six packs or down by Cherry Beach with a mickey. Check out the accident reporting centres on a late afternoon...the cop section smells like a distillery, probably why they got assigned there, but they still have to drive home. Alcohol is the #1 cause of cop domestic abuse and divorce, but you'll never see a cop charged unless there's a witness or serious accident.

      I've seen cops that have outgrown beer and have graduated to distilled spirits drink a bottle of vodka while on duty and then park in lots in South Riverdale and drink beer until their shift is over, seen cops help other cops walk back to their cruisers. They used to keep the cop map books on their dash so that other cops would know who they are when off duty.
  2. Michael posted on 02/21/2014 05:40 PM
    Oh yeah, another one got busted. He will get now some time off duty with pay. How is that not discrimination from the rest of the public?
    1. HP posted on 02/21/2014 06:18 PM
      @Michael If he gets convicted and loses his licence for a year, he'll no longer be able to do his job. Senior detectives need to drive. My bet is that he gets off on a technicality...cops have this tendency to look after cops, especially if they're guilty.

      I smell a deal, maybe rehab and a desk job until the court date...he's already lost his licence for 7 days so he'll take holiday time, then McCormick will be there to defend him.
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