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Crash results in Abbotsford officer's firing

03/16/2012 06:25 EDT | Updated 05/16/2012 05:12 EDT

An Abbotsford police constable been fired for allegedly driving drunk in an unmarked police car, crashing the vehicle and then lying to his superiors to cover up the incident.

In a statement, Chief Constable Bob Rich says Const. Nathan Brown, a five year member of the force was suspended with pay during the investigation for the April 14, 2011 incident, but following a police disciplinary hearing on Friday, he was dismissed.

"Although a determination of whether he was impaired could not be made, Const. Brown was found to have committed discreditable conduct for his actions that night and deceit for statements about when the damage to his police vehicle occurred," said a statement released on Friday.

"Const. Brown was a good police officer who handled himself poorly after making a bad decision to drive a car after drinking," said Rich.

"But police officers are held to a high standard and this investigation determined he did not meet that standard."

Brown is able to contest the finding by asking for a public hearing. It's then up to the Police Complaint Commissioner to decide whether that would happen. Brown also still faces a criminal charge of obstruction.

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