O.P.P. officer fined for assaulting Highway 401 motorist

The Brockville Courthouse at 41 Court House Square in Brockville, Ont. (Newswatch Group/File)

BROCKVILLE – A Leeds County O.P.P. officer has been found guilty of assault on a driver during a traffic stop in September 2015.

A Brockville judge found George Duke, 54, guilty of assault last week and fined him $500, plus restitution to the Quebec driver of $379.

Duke had originally been charged with assault, uttering threats and forcible confinement.

A 78-year-old Montreal man was handled roughly during an arrest Sept. 2 for a mishap on Highway 401. The man had been accused of bumping his car into the vehicle ahead while stopped in traffic in Elizabethtown-Kitley.

There had been backups from an earlier collision on the highway.

These charges Duke was facing are aside from the allegations the O.P.P. constable is facing as part of Project Arrowtown – an investigation into the conduct of a number of Leeds County O.P.P. officers.

Those eight charges, which include breach of trust, will be heard Oct. 20 when the court is scheduled to set dates for a trial.

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