Driver of 18 wheeler, hauling fuel tanks, faces impaired driving charges

Nanaimo, BC – On Friday October 25th, 2019 the Nanaimo RCMP were alerted to a possible impaired driver, driving erratically and proceeding southbound to Nanaimo from Parksville. At approximately 9 pm, Nanaimo Mounties spotted the vehicle and brought it to a stop on the Island Highway, just south of the Fifth St exit.

When the driver stepped out from his vehicle, the symptoms of impaired driving were evident. The empty beer cans found beside the driver was simply more supporting evidence. What was disturbing and rarely seen, was the fact that the driver was operating an 18-wheeler and hauling fuel tanks.

Based on the symptoms seen and evidence gathered, the officers arrested the 46-year old male for impaired driving. The semi-trailer was impounded and the driver was escorted to the Nanaimo detachment. There, he provided two samples of his breathe and registered 230 mgs, which exceeds the legal limit by almost 3 times.

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The driver, who resides in a northern Vancouver Island community, was later released from police custody. He was served with a Promise to Appear for Driving while Impaired, and Driving while over the legal limit. He was then issued with a court date of December 17th, 2019 where he is expected to appear in Nanaimo Provincial court.

‘Very troubling and shocking, were just some of the comments made by the investigating officers. Although the fuel tanks were later found to be empty, given the sheer size of the vehicle, and distance travelled in an impaired state, it was simply a miracle that a tragic accident had not occurred,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

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