05/28/2013 07:28 EDT | Updated 07/28/2013 05:12 EDT

Victor Cunha, Mountie, Charged With Drunk Driving

WEST VANCOUVER, B.C. - An RCMP officer has been charged with dangerous and impaired driving after witnesses in West Vancouver reported seeing a vehicle lose control, hit a median and land in a ditch.

West Vancouver Const. Jeff Palmer says 47-year-old Victor Joseph Cunha is also accused of driving with a blood-alcohol limit above the legal limit when he was arrested last November.

Palmer says a police investigation resulted in charges being recommended against Cunha, who was off-duty when the single-vehicle crash occurred.

The RCMP says Cunha is a sergeant and is posted to the explosives disposal unit, although he is not currently operational.

Cunha is scheduled to make his first court appearance in North Vancouver on June 26.

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