Vehicle veers into path of RCMP cruiser, driver charged with drunk driving

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SUMMERVILLE  —  A suspected impaired driver almost struck an RCMP cruiser Thursday near Summerville.

Kings District RCMP say that at approximately 5 p.m., a vehicle travelling on Route 3 near Summerville was stopped after veering into the oncoming lane and nearly striking an oncoming RCMP cruiser. RCMP members had to take evasive action to avoid a collision.

The suspect driver, a male from Lower Montague, provided breath samples well over the legal limit said police, and has been charged with impaired driving. He is scheduled to appear in Georgetown Provincial Court on Jan. 17.

Organizations: RCMP

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  • Bill Kays
    Bill Kays
    January 06, 2013 - 11:14

    I AM EMBARRASSED as a Canadian. Did you know that 62 of your Canadian members of parliament have been arrested for drunk driving in the last year? Here's the rest of the stats. Can you imagine working for a company that has a little more than 300 employees and has the following statistics: · 30 have been accused of spousal abuse. · 9 have been arrested for fraud, · 14 have been accused of writing bad cheques. · 95 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses. · 4 have done time for assault, · 55 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit. · 12 have been arrested on drug related charges. · 4 have been arrested for shoplifting. · 16 are currently defendants in lawsuits. · 62 have been arrested for drunk driving in the last year. Can you guess which organization this is? Answer below: It is the 301 MP's in the Canadian Parliament. The same group that cranks out hundreds of new laws designed to keep the rest of us in line. Which one did you vote for? TAKEN FROM THE OTTAWA CITIZEN. Pass this on to every Canadian you know.

    • mp
      January 07, 2013 - 06:15

      MP'S don't drink and drive --your numbers are wrong !!!!! anf if they are arrested they would never be convicted ----------these numbers are just lies !!!!lies !!!! you can trust me ,I HEARD THIS FROM A POLITICIAN !!!! never believe anything negative about a politician they're just do-gooders doing good

  • Just wondering
    January 05, 2013 - 13:57

    Has anybody heard if the Charlottetown police ever charged anybody in the three car pile up driver was missing car was not stolen should be easy to find owner

  • Don't let friends and family drink and drive
    January 05, 2013 - 09:16

    If you can't stop them, call 911

  • melissa
    January 05, 2013 - 08:03

    I agree with don, drinking and driving should be charged as attempted murder. Your driving a weapon that could easily kill an entire family. Everyone knows this when they drink and drive. It is selfish and should be taken more seriously by judges. I'm ashamed of how many people continue to drink and drive and put everyone else at risk. Some sort of psychiatric assessment should be given as obviously they have no care of life of themselves or others. I believe the 60 dollar taxi ride would have been worth it, and I bet this man does now as well.

  • bill
    January 05, 2013 - 08:00

    there was a time when cops had lounges in there stations with booze they took from minors . then the cop ran over and killed that person on university ave . they protected there own so im sure familes and friends will do the same . start calling the cops on yous friends and family when they had to or three beer . you will live a lonly life there THANK GOODNESS .if you live in a small town that dosent have taxis and end up having to much to drink .you woukld have to pay 30 to 50 dollars to travel 5 km up the road . thats why pei hasa higher % percent of dui .in my experience most people will take the ride instead of drink and drive if its there

  • What's next?
    January 05, 2013 - 07:25

    I can't be as self righteous as most of the commenters, since I too have driven under the influence. Not in the last twenty years mind you, but still. I, and my potential victims, were lucky. Because of my past decisions, this will always be a "we" problem. If this government really wants to move forward to a more comprehensive response to this problem, it's going to take courage and imagination. Collectively, Islanders can work this out. But, until we're brought together to first talk, then act differently, we're just going to keep making the same mistakes over and over.

  • don
    January 05, 2013 - 04:58

    SG.they can serve there time on weekends and still able to drink and drive,barrow a family car or friends car so why worry about a licence or your own car. jail time and forced labor shoveling snow for seniors till they get out. plus a $4,000 fine to start.

  • SG
    January 04, 2013 - 23:39

    When you Veer into the oncoming lane and almost strike an RCMP Cruiser time to Give the Keys to Mom or Dad and have your Driving License taken away! Why is it that Islanders feel they should be able to drive with impunity after drinking or while impaired? They make the decision to drive while under the influence. Hence they should loose their license for three years and their car on the First DUI Offence. Why should other people's lives be put in Jeopardy?

  • Thank Goodness
    January 04, 2013 - 22:56

    Glad no one was hurt. This could have been a lot worse because of a decision the driver made to drive under the influence. I am sure someone could have called 911 to have this person removed from our roadways before this incident. Problem on PEI is too many families "protect" their own with little care about the lives of others.

  • heads up
    January 04, 2013 - 22:40

    More patrols around the bars and at different hours may save even a patrol officers life. IMHO

  • Gobert Bhiz
    January 04, 2013 - 22:25

    MEJ, please tell me you're joking. Please, even if you're not. We needn't punish the majority for the sins of a few, if we come to our senses and put the worst ones in jail. Hey judges, remember jail? 100% guarantee that repeat DUI offenders are incarcerated, they're not out driving. No, instead we have senseless, expensive ideas like putting interlocks on every car sold or imported into Canada? Do you have any idea how absolutely simple it is to cheat the interlock? Is it any wonder we're in this mess, with ideas like this touted as an alternative to lengthy jail sentences.

    • Dear Gobert Bhis
      January 05, 2013 - 09:13

      You just don't get it. Jail does not work, suspension does not work, fines do not work. Stats show a high rate of repeat offenders. There is no such thing as the worst, anyone who drives drunk is a hazzard. Interlock costs the driver and every 20 minutes the driver must blow into it. The only way to avoid the interlock is if a friend or famiy member aids the criminal. Please join the growing majority and stop enabling drunk drivers.

  • mej
    January 04, 2013 - 17:00

    He wouldn't have been able to drive the vehicle if all vehicles were equipped with interlock. A simple solution to a very disturbing problem!!

    • Ulfric
      January 05, 2013 - 14:49

      You have any idea how much interlock costs? For starters it is completely at the drivers expense. Secondly, it requires expensive recalibration periodically. If you don't recalibrate it on time, your car won't work. easier said than done, that is for sure.

  • Dundas Sue
    January 04, 2013 - 16:30

    What a perfet time to mess up. May the police be as adept as this officer and as fortunate to syop our impaired drivers before they hurt someone. Advice to the man from Lower Montague: plead guilty, save us all some money, stay home when you imbibe and join AA

  • don
    January 04, 2013 - 16:24

    Charge him with attempted murder with a weapon. And a car is looked at as a weapon. Think back we had a fine RCMP officer nearly killed by a female drunk and this could have been the same or worse. when are we going to start PUNISHING these morons or will it take a killing of a member of government or one of the big shots of this island before the so called law makers gets off their FAT ASS'S and realizes one death due to a useless drunk is one to many. And NO serving time on weekends or house arrest with all the extras like no cable, no phone, (911) no computers etc.