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Toronto police officer arrested for impaired driving after crash in Pickering

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WATCH ABOVE: Toronto police say a superintendent with the service has been arrested for impaired driving. Erica Vella has details – Jan 14, 2022

A Toronto police officer was arrested for impaired driving Thursday after a collision in Pickering, officials say.

In a news release, Toronto police said that at around 7 p.m., a man was driving eastbound on Highway 401 through Pickering when he collided with a vehicle heading in the same direction.

Officers who responded believed the man was impaired, police said.

He was also taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Supt. Riyaz Hussein, 54, who has been with the Toronto Police Service for 33 years, was charged by the Ontario Provincial Police. He was not on duty at the time of the incident.

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The Toronto police statement said Hussein was assigned to the Disciplinary Hearings Office, which oversees police tribunal matters.

“The Toronto Police Service recognizes the public interest implicit in the Hearing Officer role and is releasing this information proactively to the public,” the statement said.

Hussein has been charged with operation of a motor vehicle with over 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, careless driving, and having care or control of a motor vehicle with open liquor.

He has been suspended with pay.

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