Driver of 18-wheeler facing drunk driving charges in P.E.I.

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The 65-year-old driver of an 18-wheeler transport truck has been charged with impaired driving after police stopped the vehicle Thursday afternoon on the Charlottetown arterial highway.

Police said that shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday, members of Queens District RCMP and Charlottetown Police Service responded to a complaint of an impaired driver operating an 18-wheeler truck en route from Rollo Bay, heading west-bound.

The vehicle was intercepted on the arterial highway and the operator, a 65-year-old male driver, was arrested for impaired driving.

Police said the driver failed the breath analysis test administered to him with a reading significantly in excess of the legal limit.

The man was released from custody and is to appear in Charlottetown Provincial Court on Jan. 14.

Organizations: Queens District RCMP and Charlottetown Police Service

Geographic location: P.E.I., Charlottetown, Rollo Bay

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  • Little Joe from Kokamo
    November 24, 2012 - 17:06

    DANIEL MARK WHEATON: To answering your question about what was he hauling????? My guess is that it was a ' LOAD OF BEER ' and he was sampling it. but, i've been wrong before.

  • bobby big rigger
    November 23, 2012 - 22:07

    I have been driving 18 wheelers for almost 20 years. Although I agree that this guy should be charged accordingly, I also believe there should be more stiff fines and license lost for the drivers of any vehicle who is Texting, doing there hair, plucking their eyebrows or putting on makeup or just plain and simple driving like a jerk!!!! Anyone of these people can cause a major accident. So before you start going on about truck drivers don't loose sight of the fact that there are so many more dangerous drivers in cars and small trucks then there ever will be of people driving the BIG RIGS!!!!!! 10-4

    • Teresa MacLean
      November 24, 2012 - 07:26

      @Bobby Big Rigger ... Agree!

    • Fellow Trucker
      November 24, 2012 - 17:07

      I agree fully with Bobby Big Rigger. This guy broke the law and should be dealt with accordingly, but why is everyone so eager to place the blame on a truck when there is an accident? The people that drive these rigs are taking their own as well as a lot of other peoples lives in their hands everyday. I see people cut me off and dart from one lane to another on that bypass everyday just because they think the traffic in one lane might move a little faster. I wonder how many people realize they are still alive today because of the quick reaction of a truck driver. You cant stop these things like a car and its near time people started giving trucks some room on the roads< especially in the roundabouts

  • don
    November 23, 2012 - 18:42

    pull his licence to drive a big rig. just think how many he could have murdered with that rig. now drunks think what he could have done if he hit one of your family members and killed them you would be very mad well just think the next time you take a drink. maybe he might be on the road again. as they say smile as you go under.

  • Reall Upset with this situation
    November 23, 2012 - 18:26

    This guy must be handed an appropriate sentence for his actions, can one just imagine an 18 wheeler, middle of the day and high high breathalyzer reading. What company was he hauling for, someone must have detected this before this incident. This brings home the message that this is everyones concern, why didn't someone deal with this guy before this incident and more so before he kills someone and or himself. I hope the Insurance Company attached to this hauling company investigates this. Just imagine how many people he could have taken out with an 18 wheeler on an arterial highway. This case has to be a precedent setting case, major fine, major straight time and 10 yr licence suspension, if convicted. I sure hope we read whereby the Justice system sets a good example in this case. All repeated offenders on DWI, suspended drivers, drivers with no insurance should be dealt to the full extent of the law. There are many people previously convicted of DWI/suspended, no insurance and still driving, this is where we all can make a difference and report these individuals by 911direct contact with Police Agencies.

  • circles
    November 23, 2012 - 16:38

    I would guess that there are more than him intoxicated or high behind the wheel of a big rig. And intoxicated or not, there are some rattly old rigs in dire need of a proper inspection currently on the roads of Canada.Thats just as scary.

  • stupid
    November 23, 2012 - 16:19

    This man should not have been released - he should have been kept in custody for a few days so that he loses some pay - might get him thinking about the stupidity of his actions. I hope they throw the book at him when it does come to court.

  • hrcbear
    November 23, 2012 - 13:57

    Why wait until January. The ecvidence is right there, what do you think he's going to do between now and then??? Make sure its reported to the trucking company, if he looses his job to bad.

  • Gerard W
    November 23, 2012 - 13:19

    Good job R. C. M. P. Just keep reeling them in. Anyone driving an 18 wheeler intoxicated On P. E. I. is a complete " IDIOT " IT'S difficult enouth driving on that arterial Highway with SPEEDERS travelling way over the limit.

  • seize the truck
    November 23, 2012 - 13:16

    I would hope that they seize that 18 wheeler and trailer for 6 months and put him on an interlock immediately and give him a big fine. If he's a repeat offender, jail his a$$.

  • Joe Blow
    November 23, 2012 - 11:57

    This is ridiculous!!! 18 wheelers are dangerous enough on the road as it is....let alone with a drunk 65 year old man behind the wheel. You'd think someone would develop some common sense after being alive for 65 years!! I guess not!

  • just my opinion
    November 23, 2012 - 10:58

    Wow, driving an 18-wheeler....although not surprised. But the middle of the day...Wow, when, will people who like to drink, or alcoholics ever learn not to drink and drive. When they kill someone? SOOOO tired of hearing about drinking and driving in the news. While I am glad the police are catching these idiots, it needs to stop. It needs to be abnormal to hear this and the norm.

  • Daniel Mark Wheaton
    November 23, 2012 - 10:54

    What was he hauling?

  • Only on PEI
    November 23, 2012 - 10:15

    If the driver had a reading significantly in excess of the legal limit why would he be released. Is this evidence not enough to put him in jail until his court case. Something wrong here, drive drunk, blow the test, and go free. Put the SOB in jail and leave him there. He could have killed someone.

  • Seriously?
    November 23, 2012 - 10:10

    Ok. Driving any vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is like wielding a hand gun. An 18 wheeler? That's like having a loaded machine gun. Please, please, please strengthen the laws so that this man and others like him don't ever get to do this again! How many people have to die, or who has to die before government puts some real teeth into this crime and the also crack down on the use of handheld devices while driving?

    • don
      November 23, 2012 - 18:45

      SERIOUSLY. hand held units what about drinking coffee that takes your hands away from the wheel.BAN COFFEE.