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Charges pending after allegedly drunken crash, Grand Forks RCMP

Sgt. Peppler said Mounties dealt with a spate of suspected drunk driving cases over the Halloween weekend

Grand Forks RCMP dealt with two roadside collisions over the Halloween weekend, both allegedly related to alcohol. Mounties meanwhile dealt with a third suspected incident, which ended in a lengthy driving prohibition, according to Sgt. Darryl Peppler.

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The most recent case happened at around 6:30 Halloween night, when Peppler said a 70-year-old Christina Lake man ended up in a ditch at the intersection of Highway 3 and Thompson Road. The man had his driver’s licence suspended for 90 days. His car was impounded for 30 days.

Peppler said he may recommend criminal charges related to a single-vehicle collision on the 3400-block of Carson Road, early Sunday morning, depending on the results of a blood test. The motorist involved, a 48-year-old city woman, was taken to hospital with minor injuries after allegedly driving her car off the road.

Police had pulled over a city man on North Fork Road a few hours earlier, following reports of a possible impaired driver. Peppler said the 48-year-old driver was given a 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP). An IRP is not a criminal charge, but an “effective policing tool” under the Motor Vehicle Act which Peppler said bypasses the court system.

The man’s car was then impounded for 90 days.



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