Mounties get a few impaired men and women

impaired_drivingAn impaired driver who collided with a parked vehicle and a fence was just one of the 20 impaired drivers the RCMP took off the road last weekend.

Sgt. Harold Hallett, Unit Commander of South Okanagan Traffic Services, reported the arrests for impaired driving-related offenses occurred throughout the South Okanagan and Similkameen, including six in Osoyoos and area.

“One of the Impaired drivers had collided with a parked vehicle and a fence on (her) way to a liquor store to purchase alcohol,” Sgt. Hallett wrote in his media report.

“This 50-year-old female impaired driver was arrested leaving a Penticton liquor store in (her) pajamas. This occurred on Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m.”

Other impaired drivers were identified by other motorists:

  • An impaired driver was reported by a citizen as an erratic driver driving in an oncoming lane. The 56-year-old female driver was located seated behind the steering wheel in a parked idling vehicle in Okanagan Falls.
  • Yet another impaired driver was observed swerving on Hwy. 97 in Okanagan Falls and travelling in the oncoming lane towards Oliver at a high rate of speed. The 28-year-old driver was at almost three times the legal limit for alcohol and was found to be in possession of cocaine.

The unit’s work over the weekend resulted in:

  • four Criminal Code Impaired Driving charges;
  • four 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibitions;
  • three three-day Immediate Roadside Prohibitions;
  • two Refusals to Provide Breath Samples charges;
  • two Criminal Code Drive While Over 80 mg% charge
  • two Drive While Prohibited charges;
  • one 90-day Administrative Driving Prohibitions (alcohol)
  • one Possession of Cocaine charge; and,
  • one 24-hour Driving Prohibitions.

“South Okanagan Traffic Services would like to thank the citizens that reported some of these impaired drivers,” said Sgt. Hallett. “Fortunately no one died on South Okanagan roads this past weekend.

“(But) this was just one weekend in the South Okanagan.”


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