Po­lice ‘shocked’ by al­co­hol lev­els

Two area mo­torists charged with im­paired driv­ing on May 10

The Compass - - OPINION -

Po­lice in the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion re­gion nabbed two mo­torists for al­leged im­paired driv­ing on May 11, in­clud­ing one driver who’s al­co­hol im­pair­ment “shocked” the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer.

Both ar­rests were made fol­low­ing com­plaints from the public.

The first in­ci­dent took place in Old Per­li­can af­ter the RCMP re­ceived a com­plaint about an er­ratic driver. Of­fi­cers quickly re­sponded and later ar­rested a male driver on a charge of im­paired op­er­a­tion of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle. Po­lice say the con­cen­tra­tion of al­co­hol in his blood sys­tem was twice the le­gal limit, or 160 mil­ligrams of al­co­hol per 100 millil­itres of blood.

Later on in the evening, of­fi­cers re­sponded to a sin­gle mo­tor ve­hi­cle col­li­sion in Roaches Line. Po­lice say the driver showed signs of ex­treme in­tox­i­ca­tion.

Tests show the man had a con­cen­tra­tion of 320 mil­ligrams of al­co­hol per 100 millil­itres of blood, which is four times the le­gal limit.

“Luck­ily, the driver was un­in­jured as a re­sult of the col­li­sion and no one else was in­jured ei­ther,” RCMP Const. David Mar­entette stated in a news re­lease.

Mar­entette expressed ap­pre­ci­a­tion to those who re­ported the in­ci­dents.

“It is be­cause of the public’s con­cern and vig­i­lance that these driv­ers were ap­pre­hended be­fore any­one was in­jured. As al­ways, all mem­bers of the public are en­cour­aged to re­port im­paired driv­ers by call­ing their lo­cal RCMP de­tach­ment,” he added.

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