On Thursday, December 5th, 2013 at approximately 10:25 in the morning, an alert citizen reported a suspected impaired driver, operating his vehicle in the area of Rainbow Road and Chestermere Boulevard.
The witness safely followed the vehicle to a local liquor store, where the driver stopped, parked and exited his vehicle to purchase an alcoholic beverage.
Chestermere RCMP were able to intercept the vehicle operator, who was subsequently arrested for impaired operation of a motor vehicle.
The 49-year-old male driver provided samples of breath for analysis, and was found to have a blood alcohol reading three times above the legal limit.
The accused was released on a Promise to Appear, and will be required to attend court in Strathmore on February 7th, 2014. In the interim, his vehicle was seized and his driver licence suspended.
Chestermere RCMP would like to thank the individual who reported the offence, as well as other witnesses who stepped forward to provide statements.
If you choose to consume alcohol, plan ahead and make arrangements so that you, and the people who share the road with you, can get home safely.
During the holiday season, Chestermere RCMP will be conducting Check Stops, which include static and roving patrols. With regards to impaired operation of motor vehicles, Chestermere RCMP have a zero tolerance policy, and violators will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
Chestermere RCMP encourage the public to report suspected impaired drivers through 9-1-1, and appreciate your help in keeping our community safe.