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Christina Lake roadblock runner faces charges

A man accused of running a roadblock around last week’s mudslide near Christina Lake is expected to be charged.

Police say Tuesday evening police received a report that a driver ignored requests to stop and drove around the debris and highway crew personnel.

Officers quickly identify the driver, a 64-year-old man from Christina Lake who was arrested at his home for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and later released with a court date at the end of June.

“While we can sympathize with all the motorists and travellers who were impacted by this road closure caused by the landslide, there is simply just no excuse to risk your safety and put others in harm’s way,” said Sgt. Darryl Peppler.

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“Highway crew members face various risks and dangers and we are just very happy that no one was hurt in this matter.”

3 Impaired drivers taken off road in 24 hours

Police they caught three people drinking and driving in Grand Forks over the weekend.

Just after midnight Saturday, officers spotted a vehicle spinning its tires, making screeching sounds, and speeding off from a business on the 1500 block of Central Avenue.

They caught up to the vehicle, which was swerving and having a hard time staying in its lane. The driver, a 19-year-old man from the 100 Mile House area, provided a breath sample and was issued a three-day roadside ban. His vehicle was also impounded and he was charged with driving without due care and driving contrary to restrictions.

That evening police stopped a vehicle downtown and asked the driver, a 41-year-old Princeton man, to provide a breath sample. He also received a three-day roadside ban and had his vehicle impounded. He was further ticketed for having open liquor in his vehicle.

Just after midnight Sunday officers pulled over a vehicle on Highway 3 at 25th Street after noticing it was swaying back and forth within its lane. The driver, a 45-year-old Grand Forks man, provided a breath sample and he too received a three-day roadside ban and vehicle impoundment.

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