Switching Seats Results in Impaired Charges for Two Men

Edson, Alberta – A traffic stop in Edson has resulted in impaired charges for two men after its alleged they switched seats during the stop. On October 8th, 2016 Edson ITU (Integrated Traffic Unit) conducted a traffic stop with a vehicle on 51 street in Edson.


The Officer initially went and spoke to the person occupying the driver seat, which led the Officer in to an impaired driving investigation, believing the person had consumed liquor. The Officer then made a demand for a sample of his breath roadside, the result of which led to the arrest of the individual.

The investigation continued which then led the Officer to believe the two occupants had switched seats prior to the initial Officer contact, and as such an investigation commenced in to the other individual. As a result of that investigation, the other man was also arrested for impaired operation of a motor vehicle. Both of the men were brought back to the detachment to provide samples of their breath which are alleged to be in excess of the legal limit.

The initial occupant is expected to face criminal charges of impaired care or control of a motor vehicle, impaired care or control of a motor vehicle while exceeding 80mg%, and obstructing a peace officer while the other occupant will be facing criminal charges of impaired operation of a motor vehicle, impaired operation of a motor vehicle exceeding 80mg%, obstructing a peace officer and a Traffic Safety Act charge of driving while unauthorized. They are both expected to appear in Edson Provincial Court on November 15, 2016.

Edson RCMP and Edson ITU continue to stop and remove impaired drivers from Edson and area roadways. In the past seven days seven individuals have been charged for impaired driving related offences. If you suspect someone is driving while impaired please note the road, direction of travel, licence plate and vehicle description and call 911 when safe to do so.

File #: 2016-1338761

Edson RCMP