© Guardian file photo by Brian McInnis
RCMP Sergeant Leanne Butler uses her flashlight to check the backseat of a car stopped at a recent roadside check in Montague.
Souris and Montague RCMP were kept busy Saturday dealing with three impaired drivers and one driver who blew a warning on a roadside screening device.
The day began at 1:30 a.m. when Montague RCMP observed a 50-year-old man driving at a high rate of speed north of Cardigan and when police tried to stop the vehicle the driver kept going until he reached his own driveway where he was arrested for impaired driving and taken into custody.
He provided samples of his breath that resulted in an impairment level twice the legal limit. He was held in custody overnight and released with a court date in May.
Later Saturday morning Souris and Montague RCMP were conducting a check stop in Cardigan when they observed a driver pull into a driveway in an attempt to avoid the check stop. Police saw the driver trading positions with the front seat passenger as they approached the vehicle.
The 47-year-old driver from Cable Head East showed signs of intoxication and provided a sample of his breath for a roadside screening device and the sample resulted in a warning. The driver was served a seven day driving suspension under the Highway Traffic Act.
Approximately 9:30 p.m. Souris RCMP arrested a 19-year-old woman for impaired driving following a report of a vehicle in a ditch in a residential area of Souris. The woman, who was uninjured, was released and given a court date for Georgetown Court in May.
Then at approximately 10:15 p.m. RCMP in Montague stopped a driver leaving a drinking establishment who had failed to stop before entering the roadway. The 45-year-old driver from Stratford admitted to drinking and provided a sample of his breath into a roadside screening device that resulted in a fail. He was arrested and further testing showed he consumed alcohol twice the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle. He was released with a May court date for Georgetown Provincial Court.
The RCMP would like to remind the public to report any suspicions of impaired drivers to help assist in keeping Prince Edward Island roads safe for the traveling public.