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Grand Forks Mounties nab 3 drunk drivers

The commander of the Grand Forks RCMP says he’s dismayed with the number of drunk drivers they have been catching, including three in the last week.

The first was Wednesday evening after they were called to a report of an accident in the 11500 block of Highway 3.

A 48-year-old Chilliwack man was found behind the wheel off the highway, down a small hill and resting in a snow drift. He was arrested for impaired operation of a motor vehicle and provided a breath sample with produced a blood-alcohol reading of .05, which is below the legal limit of .08. He was issued a 24-hour driving prohibition.

In the second incident early Saturday, an officer stopped a vehicle on Central Avenue and Boundary Drive.

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The driver said he had just picked his friends up from the bar and hadn’t had anything to drink. But the 42-year-old Grand Forks man provided a breath sample which produced a fail, meaning his blood-alcohol reading was at least .10. He received a 90-day suspension and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

In the third incident Saturday afternoon, an officer responded to a report of a vehicle striking a ditch and then pulling into a gas station on Central Avenue.

The officer approached the vehicle and found the driver still sitting in his car with the engine running. The driver, a 19-year-old man from Grand Forks, provided a breath sample which resulted in a fail. He received a 90-day suspension and had his vehicle impounded for 30-days. Since he was a new driver, he was also ticketed for driving contrary to restrictions.

“It is still very disappointing the number of impaired drivers we are finding,” Sgt. Darryl Peppler said in a news release. “Hopefully nothing serious has to happen before people start to get the message.”

In a separate incident Thursday, police attended a single-vehicle rollover at Phoenix Road and Highway 3 along with other emergency responders. However, the driver had left the scene. At the time, the roads were very icy. Police say the matter is still under investigation.

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