A collision report called into the Prince Rupert RCMP saw Mounties responding to the 1400 block of Seventh Avenue East on Saturday afternoon, that to investigate a report of a motorist striking a parked car.
Members of the Prince Rupert detachment arrived on the scene at 3:45 PM on Saturday, detachment officials explaining their attendance as follows:
Upon their arrival front line members ensured that there were no serious injuries to the occupant of the vehicle, during this assessment the officer recognized the driver was impaired by alcohol.
The man driving declined emergency health services (EHS) and was subsequently arrested for driving while impaired. The man was taken back to the RCMP detachment where he provided samples of his breath where he blew over three times the legal limit of 80mg% alcohol content per 100 ml of blood.
The man was released shortly after to a sober adult with an appearance date. Charges are being recommended to the Crown Prosecutors for Impaired Operation and will be forwarded promptly.
|RCMP responded to a collision report in the 1400 block of 7th East Saturday|
Constable Brody Hemrich of the Prince Rupert detachment noted of the fortunate outcome considering what could have been.
"The driver of the vehicle is extremely lucky that no one was seriously injured after he made the choice to drive while impaired. With our National Impaired day happening just last weekend, our officers hoped that it sent a message to the community that it is dangerous to drive while impaired by any extent, let alone when you over three times the legal limit like this man was."
As the Constable noted, the RCMP in British Columbia are now focused on road safety during the Holiday period, with the annual Counter Attack program launched at the start of the month.
Towards Saturday's incident and the theme of road awareness on the holidays, the RCMP made note of their wish for the season.
The Prince Rupert RCMP encourages anyone who sees a friend or relative attempting to drive while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol to try convince them otherwise. If you are unable to do so please call the RCMP 250-624-2136 or if it is an emergency call 9-1-1.
The full account of the call for assistance can be reviewed here.
The charges have not been answered or proved in a court to this point.
More notes on the work of Emergency Responders in the Northwest can be reviewed from our archive page.