RCMP explains delay in apprehending impaired driver
RCMP have provided The Northern Pen with an explanation regarding why officers were delayed in apprehending an impaired driver in St. Anthony.
In the July 11 edition of The Northern Pen, it was reported according to an RCMP release, police were contacted at approximately 8 p.m. on July 1 about a vehicle coming into town that was observed striking a cement pole at a gas station in St. Anthony before leaving the area.
Police stopped the vehicle on Ship Cove Road and took the driver, a 71-year-old man, into custody. He was later released to appear in court on a charge of allegedly driving impaired.
But questions arose on Facebook regarding how the individual was able to drive from St. Anthony to Ship Cove road, a distance of some 30 kilometres on the highway, while intoxicated.
RCMP confirmed that RCMP in St. Anthony responded to the call and dispatched to the complaint.
Per the statement from Cpl Jolene Garland, media relations officer, the complainant had stated that they were going to keep the driver at the location anticipating police attendance.
A member from the St. Anthony detachment arrived at the location within 15 minutes of the dispatched complaint, Garland says.
However, the driver had left the location before police arrived. “So presumably (he) had a 15 minute head start on police,” according to the statement.
The destination of the driver was not known to police, but he was located without incident on the way back to Ship Cove where he was arrested and processed for impaired driving.