Just after 11:00 a.m. on November 13th, 2020, a GSPS Police Officer, Constable Thomas Van Drunen, was stopped by a GSPS Police Officer on Municipal Road 80 in Greater Sudbury.


As a result of an investigation, Thomas Van Drunen was charged with the following offences under the Criminal Code of Canada:

  • Operation while Impaired
  • Operation while Impaired – Blood Alcohol Level Concentration Equal to or Exceeds 80 mgs of Alcohol in 100mL of Blood


Van Drunen began with the Greater Sudbury Police Service as a 4th Class Constable in April 2020.


“The actions of this police officer do not reflect the Greater Sudbury Police Service’s values or mission to ensure a culture of trust through professional service while empowering our community to enhance safety,” says Chief of Police, Paul Pedersen. “While these are accusations at this point, I am nevertheless very disheartened by this incident. Each and every day, our members are committed to protecting and serving our community and keeping people safe. Road safety is of the utmost importance. Members who fail to uphold our values and make the inexcusable decision to drive while impaired will be held accountable for their actions, without exception.”


Under the Police Service Act of Ontario, Van Drunen will be suspended from duty with pay. The incident has also been forwarded to the Professional Standards Bureau for further investigation. Van Drunen may be subject to additional charges under the Police Service Act.


We remind everyone that there is never an excuse to operate a vehicle while impaired. Please plan ahead; call a taxi; take public transit; have a designated driver or stay the night. Choosing to drive while impaired is a criminal choice and we will continue to hold offenders accountable. Road Safety is a Shared Commitment. If you see an impaired driver in progress, call 911. To report unsafe driving concerns, please call us at 705-675-9171 or report online.