Submitted by Cst. Chris Joy
Columbia Valley RCMP
On Tuesday, April 3rd, at approximately 11 a.m., a traffic stop was initiated by an officer in the core of Invermere after the driver displayed some erratic driving behavior. The officer had queried the plate and found it to be registered to a prohibited driver with a long list of restrictions in British Columbia. The officer quickly learned that the driver was in fact the owner of the vehicle, that he was currently on his way to the Courthouse to plea guilty to a previous impaired driving offence, and that he could not get a ride so therefore drove himself to Invermere from Canal Flats. The officer also noticed an odour of liquor on the breath of the driver and made a request for a breath sample. The driver indicated that he had been drinking with friends until 4 a.m. that morning, which was the reason why he could not find anyone to drive him. The driver blew a sample which registered above the set limit in British Columbia and was handed another driving prohibition. As the officer didn’t want to waste the court’s time, the driver was given a ride to the courthouse where he was handed a two-year Criminal Code driving prohibition, and a total fine of $1,950 for the previous impaired driving offence. The male was released with yet another court date to face the prohibited driving charge from April 3rd.