Toronto police officer who runs the Disciplinary Hearings Office charged with impaired driving

A senior Toronto Police Department officer has been charged with impaired driving after an accident in Pickering on Thursday night.

Supt. Riyaz Hussein, who heads the force’s disciplinary hearings office, now faces charges of impaired driving, reckless driving and open alcohol in a vehicle, Toronto police confirmed in a news release.

In a video posted to Twitter on Friday, OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said there was an accident on Highway 401 eastbound near Brock Road on Thursday when a car slammed into the back of a delivery truck.

The driver of the car, a 54-year-old Pickering man, failed a blood alcohol test, Schmidt said. He was taken to hospital with minor injuries and “after being medically cleared” and then provided a breath sample which led to the charges.

Schmidt did not name the accused in the video, but sources with direct knowledge of the case confirm that the man charged is Hussein.

Toronto police said in the news release that Hussein had been with the force for 33 years and had been suspended with pay.

He is due in court in Oshawa on February 10.

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