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

A senior Toronto Police Service officer has been charged with impaired driving after an accident in Pickering, Ont., 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 Thursday on the 401 eastbound highway near Brock Road when a car slammed into the back of a delivery truck.

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

Sources told CBC News that Hussein was driving an unmarked police vehicle, which was assigned to him.

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 scheduled to appear in court in Oshawa, Ont., on February 10.