Cop gets probation for assault

Off duty RCMP officer sentenced for booze-fueled fight with female at nightclub

A Red Deer city RCMP member was sentenced to nine months probation on Friday after he threw a woman against a wall during an alcohol fueled nightclub brawl while off duty last year.

Const. Darren Ryan, 30, who has been an RCMP member for 26 months, was charged with one count of assault after an altercation with a female at Billy Bob’s on March 26, 2009.

He received a conditional discharge, nine months probation in which he will partake in alcohol and anger management programs if directed to. He will also have to complete 100 hours of community service and abstain from alcohol during the course of his probation. If Ryan completes his probation successfully he will not have a criminal record.

On Friday, court heard that Ryan had called a woman a name while at Billy Bob’s on March 26, 2009. Later, outside the bar, the woman approached Ryan asking why he called her a name.

Ryan, then pushed the woman, who was 18-years-old at the time, knocking her back about five to six feet. She struck a wall, hit her head and back and fell to the ground.

The woman got up and confronted Ryan again attempting to challenge him and he shoved her once more.

Ryan was then tackled by members of the crowd that had gathered outside the bar and the victim approached him again putting him into a head lock.

Ryan then lifted her up past his shoulders to try and get her off of him and they both fell to the ground.

The woman did not need to be treated at the hospital after the incident.

Judge Vaughn Myers said he believed the incident was a result of alcohol.

Defence lawyer Will Willms agreed.

“This is one of these unfortunate events that was fueled by alcohol in something that otherwise wouldn’t have happened,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ryan has been working his regular RCMP shifts since the incident and will continue his regular duties in Red Deer, said a local RCMP spokesperson.

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