Asst. Crown busted for drunk driving


Last Updated: November 29, 2010 10:39pm

TORONTO - An assistant Crown attorney will be on the receiving end of a prosecution after getting busted for drunk driving.

Nancy Rae was arrested Friday by Napanee OPP after someone called in complaining about a motorist's erratic driving.

Napanee OPP Sgt. Bill Deroos confirmed police stopped a vehicle and charged the female driver with impaired driving.

"We received information from a passing motorist, it was an erratic driving complaint," Deroos told QMI Agency. "As a result of that a vehicle (Chevrolet Suburban) was stopped on Hwy. 2 in the town of Greater Napanee."

Deroos said a subsequent investigation allegedly confirmed the driver was impaired by alcohol.

But police refused to reveal the name of the woman, who was arrested and released, because the information had not been sworn to in court.

Rae is charged with impaired driving, having a blood-alcohol level over 80 mg while driving and resisting arrest. She is due to appear in court Dec. 14.

When asked on Monday, the court office in Napanee, Ont., said they had no information on file.

Northumberland OPP confirmed she was charged with careless driving, under the Highway Traffic Act, after an Oct. 23 incident.

Police declined to reveal further information about that charge because it was now before the courts.

According to the ministry of finance's salary disclosure list, Rae earned $181,115 as an assistant Crown in 2009.

Staff at Rae's Cobourg, Ont., office said Monday that she was "not in."

Northumberland Crown attorney David Thompson did not respond to an interview request left with his office.

Brendan Crawley, spokesman for the ministry of the attorney general, confirmed ministry officials are aware of the arrest.

"At this time, no charges have been filed with the court," Crawley said late Monday in an e-mailed statement. "If and when that happens, an outside prosecutor will be retained to handle this matter.

"While human resources matters are confidential, I can advise that, at this time, the individual in question is not assigned to in-court duties."

He added it would be "premature" to say anything further or speculate on next steps.

Crawley did not respond to questions about why the charges have not been filed yet.

-- With files from QMI Agency