Slight delay in impaired driving case for local cop

Saskatchewan Provincial Court in Prince Albert. -- Herald File Photo

The case of an off-duty policeman facing impaired driving charges was temporarily delayed Thursday, as the defence pores over extensive video evidence.

Brett Henry, who served for 13 years with the Prince Albert Police Service, was not present in court for the brief exchange. His lawyer, Michael Owens, asked to adjourn the case to September 11.

“There is a lot of video,” Owens said.

With Owens on speakerphone, the Crown chose to proceed against Henry summarily rather than by indictment, which carries a stiffer penalty. If Henry is convicted, that means the maximum sentence available will be 18 months in jail – instead of the harsher max of 5 years.

The allegations against Henry date back to March 3 of this year, when the 35-year-old police veteran was off duty. Police got a complaint about an impaired driver that morning. They did not find any suspects at the scene, but their investigation eventually led them to Henry.

The Prince Albert Police Service reported that Henry is on paid administrative leave while the case moves through the courts.