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Off-Duty Winnipeg Cop Charged with Drunk Driving

December 1, 2017 6:00 PM | News

Winnipeg Police CrestA fourth Winnipeg police officer is facing impaired driving charges within the last month.

Const. Michael Richard Hawley, 49, was arrested November 26 in the West Kildonan area.

Police say Hawley has been charged with care and control of a motor vehicle, refusing a breathalyzer and unsafe storage of a firearm or magazine.

Hawley has been placed on administrative leave.


Two more Winnipeg police officers are facing similar charges. Jason Garrett, a 28-year member, was arrested by the RCMP in February 2017. Andrew Tighe, a 23-year member, was arrested in June 2017. Police haven’t released details on either of those arrests.

In addition, Const. Justin Holz was charged with impaired driving causing death after fatally striking a man with his vehicle last month.

On Friday, Manitoba RCMP announced one of their own has been charged with impaired driving while off-duty on September 1.

Since 2005, 12 Winnipeg police officers have been charged with impaired driving-related offences.