Some drivers issued suspensions; allegations yet to be dealt with in court
Both the RNC and RCMP have been dealing with dangerous and impaired drivers over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, with cases everywhere from Labrador West to St. John’s.
In Labrador West, an RNC patrol officer spotted a vehicle — car or truck has not been specified — going the wrong way on a one-way street in Labrador City about 9:45 p.m. Saturday. After a traffic stop, the 38-year-old man behind the wheel was found to be over the legal limit. He was issued a seven-day driving suspension and will appear in court at a later date.
Shortly before 11 p.m. the same night, also in Labrador City, an RNC officer noticed a vehicle “being operated in an erratic manner” near airport road. The 39-year-old man driving was found to be over the legal limit for alcohol and issued a seven-day driving suspension. He will appear in court at a later date.
On the island, a vehicle went off the road in the Park Avenue area in Mount Pearl about 4:30 p.m. Saturday, hitting a vehicle parked in a private driveway. Both vehicles were “severely damaged,” according to the RNC officers who responded. While the 32-year-old man from Mount Pearl who went off the road was not injured, police say he failed a breathalyzer test, blowing almost three times the legal limit. He has been held for court.
On Sunday, a 40-year-old woman failed a breathalyzer test after what police have described as a minor accident in the east end of St. John’s. She was released, but will be back at court to speak to charges against her at a later date.
In the area of Bauline Line, the RNC received a tip from a member of the public about a drunk driver in the area late Sunday afternoon. Police have stated they follow-up on the tip and, shortly after 4 p.m., found a 41-year-old driver, who subsequently failed a breathalyzer test. He will appear in court at a later date.
Meanwhile, police were also left dealing with other cases of alleged unlawful activities on provincial roads.
Coming up on 9:30 p.m. Saturday, the RNC pulled over a 27-year-old driver n Commonwealth Avenue in Mount Pearl. The man was ticketed for: operating without a valid license, operating a motor vehicle without valid insurance, expired registration, fail to transfer ownership and false plates. The vehicle he was driving was impounded by police.
On Sunday, a 32-year-old man was arrested after being stopped for speeding on the CBS Highway in Seal Cove. He was held under a warrant for failing to appear in court on another matter. He was also driving with a suspended license, had no insurance, had failed to properly transfer ownership of the vehicle and also owes $33,000 in existing fines.
Already today there is a case wherein, shortly after 1 a.m., the RNC were called to a single-vehicle accident on Pitts Memorial, near Hamilton Avenue. While police found a badly damaged vehicle left in the eastbound lane, they say no one was in or around it. They are continuing to investigate.