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Impaired driver calls another impaired driver to pick her up

By: Matt Durnan

  |  Posted: Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 11:08 am

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Airdrie RCMP is encouraging residents to plan how they are going to get home before they start drinking this holiday season after an incident where one drunk driver called another to pick her up.

A member of the Integrated Traffic Unit (ITU) was patrolling Highway 566 near Balzac at around 11 p.m. on Nov. 22 when he observed a vehicle travelling 35 km/h under the speed limit.

The vehicle was stopped and the officer entered into an impaired driving investigation of the driver, a 57-year-old woman from Calgary.

The investigation led to a legal demand for her to provide a breath sample into a roadside screening device.

According to police, the woman refused to provide an adequate sample at the scene.

As a result, she was processed and served an immediate and indefinite driving suspension and her vehicle was impounded.

The officer asked whether she would like to call a friend or a taxi to pick her up.

She opted to call a friend. A short time later, the friend arrived at the scene, driving his own vehicle.

The officer spoke to the 54-year-old man from Airdrie and realized that the man had also been drinking.

The man provided an adequate roadside sample, which led to the officer taking him to the Airdrie RCMP Detachment, where he provided two more breath samples, both of which were over the legal limit.

“A person who is being released from custody, facing an impaired driving related offence, and calling another friend who has also been drinking clearly shows how alcohol impairs our decision making abilities,” said Cpl. Darrin Turnbull, Airdrie ITU.

“This is an important reminder for everyone as we approach holiday season, make your decisions about driving and how you are going to get home before you start drinking.”

Both the man and woman have been released from custody and are scheduled to appear in Airdrie Provincial Court in the new year.

The man is facing charges of impaired driving and driving over the legal limit, the woman is facing a charge for failure to provide an adequate sample.

Turnbull said, Their names will not be released until charges are formally laid.


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