Three Collisions in Under 30 Hours Due to Impairment

Fort McMurray, Alberta – In less than 30 hrs, the Wood Buffalo RCMP responded to three collisions which resulted in the vehicle driver being charged with Impaired Driving.

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On November 14th, at approximately 10:30 pm, police responded to a complaint of a man who had crashed his vehicle into two other parked vehicles, on Franklin Ave. Orlando Buitrago-Gaona has been charged with Impaired Driving, and Refusal to Provide a Breath Sample. His first court date is set for November 21st, 2016.

On November 16th, 2016, at approximately 2:00 am, police responded to a complaint of a two vehicle collision on Peterson Lane. The driver of the vehicle was located, and found to be impaired by alcohol. He had struck a parked vehicle. The male driver, an 18 year old Fort McMurray resident, can not be named as his charges have not yet been sworn in court. He has been charged with impaired driving, and impaired driving while exceeding 80 mg%. His first court date is January 11, 2017.

On November 16th, 2016 at approximately 2:45 am, police responded to a complaint of a vehicle that had struck a post on King Street. Police attended and found the driver to be impaired by alcohol. The male driver, a 48 year old resident of Athabasca Alberta, can not be named as his charges have not yet been sworn in court. He has been charged with impaired driving, and impaired driving while exceeding 80 mg%. His first court date is January 11th, 2017.

When a driver is charged under the Criminal Code for impaired driving while exceeding 80 mg%, there is an immediate license suspension until the criminal charge is resolved, and a three day vehicle seizure.

If you encounter a suspected impaired driver, record the vehicle license plate number, and call 911 when it is safe and legal for you to do so.

Wood Buffalo RCMP


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