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Multiple reports of impaired drivers made in metro

If there was a party somewhere Wednesday in the St. John’s area, some people apparently thought it was OK to continue it behind the wheel.

Among a number of impaired drivers arrested by the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Wednesday, two of them — in the afternoon — blew more than four times the legal blood-alcohol limit.

And there was no shortage of people who noticed that things weren’t right in vehicles dangerously moving among daytime traffic, and the extra flood of pedestrians out to enjoy a rare sunny August day.

At 2:43 p.m. the RNC received a report of a possible impaired driver in the Mount Pearl area.

Officers immediately responded. A 58-year-old man was found drunk behind the wheel. His breath samples registered a blood-alcohol content more than four times the legal limit.

To make matters worse, his licence had already been suspended and the vehicle he was driving was not registered.

Charges include impaired driving, failing the breathalyzer, and a number of tickets under the Highway Traffic Act.

Less than an hour later, on Kenmount Road in St. John’s this time, a number of people noticed a vehicle being driven erratically on the busy four-lane street.

The RNC received several reports about the vehicle and responded quickly.

Also in this case, the 53-year-old male driver’s breath samples were four times the legal limit.

He was charged with impaired driving and driving with a blood-alcohol concentration of over .80 mg.

In both cases, the accused drivers were later released from custody with court dates.

Earlier Wednesday afternoon, there was an unusual case.

At 12:48 p.m., the RNC received a call of a possible impaired driver in the area of Goulds.

The vehicle was located and the 51-year-old man driving was detained by an RNC officer. The two passengers in the vehicle walked away.

But they didn’t walk far.

After the officer drove away with the accused and they were en route to RNC headquarters for a breathalyzer, the two passengers returned to the accused’s vehicle and drove away.

Another RNC officer located the vehicle on Pitts Memorial Drive heading downtown. The passenger — now the driver — failed a roadside screening and was given seven-day driving suspension, plus tickets under the Highway Traffic Act.

Meanwhile, the initial driver at the police station failed the breathalyzer and was charged with impaired driving and also issued a summary offence ticket under the Highway Traffic Act for not having a licence.

He was released to appear in court at a later date.

In another case, at 4:25 p.m. Wednesday, a driver in Torbay received a seven-day driving suspension and was issued tickets under the Highway Traffic Act, and at 12:44 a.m. Thursday, in the Conception Bay South area, a 26-year-old man was issued a seven-day suspension.

Finally, at 1:44 a.m. Thursday, in  downtown St. John’s, a 29-year-old woman was charged with impaired driving.

She was released to appear in court at a later date.

Geographic location: Mount Pearl, Kenmount Road, Torbay Conception Bay

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