A Sûreté du Québec officer is accused of drinking and driving an unmarked patrol car, then hurting someone in an accident.

He faces charges of impaired driving causing bodily harm.

Christine Coulombe, a spokeswoman for the force, said the unidentified man was arraigned Friday in Gatineau, Que.

The officer was involved in a collision with another car near Gatineau shortly after midnight.

A car swerved into a lane occupied by another vehicle and smashed into its right side before going into the ditch.

The female occupant of the car that was hit had to be pried free by firefighters using the jaws of life before being transported to hospital.

Coulombe said the woman's life was not in danger. The driver of that other car was not injured.

Gatineau police gave their suspect a breathalyzer test before arresting him.

Coulombe could not confirm if the officer was on duty at the time of the accident.