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Weekend Grand Forks RCMP patrols nets three impaired drivers

Multiple cases prompt call for people to think twice before getting behind the wheel intoxicated
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Grand Forks RCMP were dealing with multiple cases of impaired driving this past weekend. (Black Press file photo)

It was a busy weekend for Grand Forks RCMP removing impaired drivers from the road.

On Friday night, around midnight, officers noticed a truck moving at a high rate of speed on Central Avenue near 5th Street, suddenly stopping for a red light at the last second, stated a news release. Officers stopped the vehicle and the driver, a 39-year-old man from Alberta showed signs of being intoxicated. The driver provided a sample of breath roadside resulting in a fail reading. The driver was issued a 90-day driving prohibition and has had his vehicle impounded for 30 days.

Less than two hours later, at 1:55 a.m., another vehicle was stopped on Central Avenue near Boundary Road. The 21-year old male driver from Vernon was given a roadside breath test resulting in a warn reading, meaning his alcohol level was somewhere between 50 milligrams and 99 milligrams, with the legal limit being 80 milligrams, the release explained. As a result, the driver was given a three-day driving prohibition and had his vehicle impounded for three days. On top of that, the driver was issued violation tickets for failing to display his ‘N’ sign and not driving sober, which is contrary to his restrictions.

The following Sunday evening at 9:15 p.m., a vehicle was stopped on Central Avenue near 3rd Street. The officer smelled a strong odor of cannabis and suspected that the driver, a 34-year-old man from Grand Forks, may be driving under the influence of drugs. The officer requested a second officer, trained in a roadside technique called, Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, to which the driver performed poorly and was issued a 24-hour driving prohibition. Officers continued their investigation and brought in a Drug Recognition Expert with the BC Highway Patrol. Based on the findings, it was suspected that the driver was impaired due to cannabis, and the driver had blood samples seized for further analysis by RCMP Forensic Labs. The results from labs will determine if police recommend charges of Impaired Driving (by drugs).

“All three of these investigations were by officers just out on patrol who are ensuring our roads are kept safe for everyone,” stated Detachment Commander Sergeant Darryl Peppler. “While we know that the RCMP and many other agencies are getting the word out on the dangers of driving while impaired, we know there is still much work to do, and we are definitely committed to doing so.”