Stratford RCMP responded to a complaint of an impaired driver going through the McDonalds/Esso drive-thru at 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning, November 18th. After jumping the drive-thru line ahead of other motorists waiting their turn and having a confrontation with one of those drivers, the suspect was observed by a concerned citizen as being impaired.
Stratford RCMP responded and were able to locate the suspect still in the drive-thru. He displayed signs of impairment when confronted and was arrested for Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle. Under new legislated Highway Traffic Act laws for impaired driving his vehicle was also seized for 30 days. The 37 year-old Charlottetown area male provided samples of his breath just over three times the legal limit. He has a January 2018 Provincial Court appearance.
At about 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning, November 19th, Stratford RCMP received a complaint of an impaired driver leaving Stratford headed to the Souris area. In coordination with Queens and Kings District RCMP, the driver was located and arrested in Kings County area after displaying signs of impairment while operating the motor vehicle. He provided samples of his breath double the legal limit. He was held at the Provincial Correctional Center for the night and then released with Provincial Court appearance in December 2017.
RCMP thank all responsible citizens for providing information to police that assists in removing impaired drivers off of Island roads. Both of these cases were a direct result of calls to report erratic driving and resulted in RCMP finding, charging and removing both drivers from the roads, potentially saving lives.