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FILE PHOTO: RCMP and Highway Safety conduct checks looking for everything from expired inspection stickers to drunk driving.
Police checks, patrols net three drunk drivers this past weekend
Police road checks and patrols scooped up three drunk drivers over this past weekend.
On Sunday evening just before midnight, Stratford RCMP caught up with a man in his driveway and soon had him under arrest for drinking and driving.
"Stratford RCMP came across a 40-year-old male seated behind the wheel of a vehicle at a residence in Stratford," said a statement from the police force.
"The driver, showing signs of heavy intoxication, was arrested and taken to the RCMP Queens district office at Maypoint where he refused to provide samples of his breath to police," said the police statement.
He was put in jail and will be in court later on charges from that night.
On Friday, Dec.18 just after 11:30 p.m., Cornwall RCMP arrested a 66-year-old male from Rocky Point after he failed a roadside screening test.
Back at the detachment his readings were "well over the legal limit," said a statement issued by the RCMP Monday.
Both drivers received 90-day driving prohibitions and their vehicles were impounded.
Even Charlottetown Police Services focused on road checks throughout the city Saturday night.
At one of them, near the corner of Kent and Hillsborough streets, a man was caught operating his vehicle while impaired.
The accused, a 26-year-old resident of Covehead, was taken to jail for the night and will be appearing in Provincial Court at a later date.
Working with Prince District RCMP and Provincial Highway Safety Enforcement officers, Queens RCMP did speed enforcement and checkpoints along the Trans Canada Highway between Borden Carleton and Cornwall; on Route 225 around Kinkora; on the Blue Shank Road; and on Route 2 'inbound' towards Charlottetown from Summerside.
That effort resulted in 85 summary offence charges for speeding, distracted driving, failing to use seat belts and defective equipment including tires, safety inspections, or not having insurance or registration, said the statement.