RCMP lay impaired driving charges after weekend checkstops

By Sheldon Spackman
December 7, 2017 - 10:39am

Three people face impaired driving charges after the first weekend of holiday checkstops in Red Deer.

In addition to their regular roving patrols, Mounties say two checkstops were set up last weekend, including one on Gaetz Avenue northbound at the Parkland Mall and the other on 30 Avenue southbound at the East Hill Shopping Centre.

Friday night saw a woman arrested while driving with a suspended license due to a previous impaired driving conviction. She allegedly gave RCMP a false name initially and then was found to owe $3,500 in fines.

In the second arrest, a man was apprehended after a citizen called to report him as driving impaired. Mounties say the witness saw him leave a drinking establishment and collide with a parked car before driving away. He was located nearby and arrested by RCMP.

The third driver was arrested shortly before 11:00 p.m. Saturday night after Mounties attended a two-vehicle crash at 59 Avenue and 67 Street. No one was injured but a 38-year-old man was arrested for refusing to comply with a breath demand and failing to make a safe left-hand turn.

RCMP say drivers who refuse to comply with breath demands face the same consequences as those who are found to be driving impaired. Vehicles will slo be seized regardless of who the registered owner is and the driver's license suspended until the charges have moved through the courts.

“This weekend, we took three drivers off the roads who should never have gotten behind the wheel in the first place and thankfully, we got to them before someone was injured or killed” said Sergeant Kevin Halwa of Red Deer RCMP in a news release. “On the positive side, police officers were extremely impressed with the high number of vehicles we processed through checkstops where there was a sober designated driver or the party goers had taken a taxi or an Uber. Great job Red Deer!”

Mounties would like to continue encouraging Red Deerians to report suspected impaired drivers by calling 9-1-1 when it’s safe to do so, note the license plate if possible, vehicle description and direction of travel as well.

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