RCMP ex­plains de­lay in ap­pre­hend­ing im­paired driver

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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.

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