Kings County RCMP intercept impaired drivers

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Four drivers faced charges, suspension in one day

Kings County RCMP intervened against four alcohol-related driving offenses on Saturday.

On March 22, at approximately 1:30 a.m., a traffic stop was attempted on a lone male noted driving at a high rate of speed north of Cardigan on Rte. 311. The driver ignored police emergency lights and continued to his home in the area. Once stopped, RCMP approached and observed signs of intoxication, whereupon the 50-year-old was arrested for Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle and taken into custody for further investigation. The man provided breath samples that registered an impairment of twice the legal limit. He was held overnight, then released with a court date at the Georgetown Provincial Court in May, 2014.

At about 11:00 on the same day, Souris and Montague RCMP conducting a checkstop in Cardigan on Rte. 321 observed a vehicle try to avoid the inspection by pulling into a driveway. The driver was then observed changing positions with the front passenger as the RCMP approached. The 47-year-old driver from Cable Head East showed signs of intoxication and provided a breath sample into a Roadside Screening Device. The sample resulted in a warning, and the driver was served a 7-day driving suspension under the Highway Traffic Act.

At 9:30 p.m., Souris RCMP arrested a 19-year-old woman for Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle, upon investigating a report of a vehicle in a ditch in a residential area of the town. The uninjured woman was released and given a court date at the Georgetown Provincial Court for May, 2014.

At about 10:15 p.m. in Montague, RCMP stopped a vehicle from leaving a drinking establishment when the driver failed to stop before entering the roadway. The 45-year-old driver from Stratford showed signs of intoxication and admitted to drinking, whereupon a breath sample was provided into a Roadside Screening Device, resulting in a FAIL. He was arrested and further testing indicated his alcohol level at twice the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle. He was released with a May, 2014, court date at Georgetown Provincial Court.

The RCMP remind the public to report any suspicions of impaired drivers to assist in keeping Prince Edward Island roads safe for the travelling public.

Organizations: RCMP, Georgetown Provincial Court

Geographic location: Cardigan, Montague, Prince Edward Island

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