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The president of an organization committed to stopping drunk driving has resigned after being charged with impaired driving.

David Griffin, 65, was volunteer president of the East Prince County chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving in Prince Edward Island until his resignation on June 6.

MADD Canada chief executive officer Andrew Murie said he has not seen an incident like the one involving Mr. Griffin in his 18 years with the organization. "It was very disappointing and shocking to be honest," Mr. Murie said.

Mr. Griffin sent Mr. Murie an e-mail to tell him about the charges the day after he was stopped by police.

"He basically said three things: that he was charged, that he was disappointed in himself, disappointed for the grief he's going to cause the organization, and he apologized."

In a MADD press release dated Dec. 11, 2012, Mr. Griffin is quoted as saying, "Telling a family their loved one has been killed by a drunk driver is one of the hardest things a police officer has to do."

Mr. Griffin served with the Summerside Police Services for 45 years, eventually becoming a deputy chief. He is now retired.

His experience in law enforcement made him a "great volunteer," Mr. Murie said.

Mr. Griffin could not be reached for comment on Wednesday. He has yet to enter a plea to the two alcohol-related charges he is facing, and he is scheduled to appear in court in Summerside, PEI, on Aug. 27.