UPDATE: RCMP take two alleged impaired drivers into custody Saturday morning

By Sheldon Spackman and Josh Hall
December 9, 2017 - 11:46am Updated: December 12, 2017 - 10:07am

Charges are pending in a suspected drunk driving crash in downtown Red Deer late Friday night.

RCMP confirm a Chevy truck was involved in a hit and run in the parking lot of Tiffany’s Steakhouse and Lounge on the South Hill along Gaetz Avenue just before midnight. It then fled the scene and crashed into a concrete barrier near Hudson’s Pub at Ross Street and 49 Avenue.

Mounties say the 35-year-old female driver of the truck was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The following video taken shortly after the incident was shared with rdnewsNOW by Blair Cramer.

RCMP say they then responded a report shortly after 2 a.m. the same morning of an erratic driver in a Jeep Cherokee in the Normandeau area.

That call was followed up by another about a vehicle striking two parked vehicles and a house in the Glendale area. RCMP located the suspect vehicle immediately, but the Jeep fled when officers tried executing a traffic stop.

Mounties located it again a short time later on Kerry Wood Drive, but once against it sped past police before finally coming to a stop nearby.

RCMP executed a high-risk arrest and took the 37-year-old female driver into custody. An 8-year-old boy was in the vehicle at the time of the arrest.

The driver faces numerous charges including impaired driving.

In both instances, the name of the driver cannot be released as charges have not yet been sworn before the courts.

“These are disappointing investigations, and the people involved are incredibly lucky that no one was seriously hurt or killed. Those sort of injuries are sad at any time of the year but during the Christmas season, the tragedy is always magnified and puts a real damper on what should be a joyous time of the year,” says Sgt. Kevin Halwa of the Red Deer RCMP Traffic Unit.

“The days of it being socially acceptable to drive while impaired are long gone and people, for the most part, really do know better. People are watching for impaired drivers, and they are calling the police.” 

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