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Calgary man arrested near Fernie for drunk driving

Elk Valley RCMP had to use spike strips to stop a Calgary man who was driving while impaired along Highway 3 on Friday.

Police officials said a report came in shortly before 6 p.m. on Apr. 14 regarding a red pickup truck pulling a travel trailer driving erratically while heading east on Highway 3 near Jaffray.

A pair of additional reports from the Cranbrook area added evidence to the possibility of dangerous driving and impaired operation of a motor vehicle.

The truck was found by an officer on patrol, who attempted to stop the driver.

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RCMP officials said the truck did not pull over and was seen completely entering oncoming lanes and nearly colliding head-on with a number of other vehicles.

RCMP were able to set up a roadblock at the Lizard Creek Bridge, and the truck was stopped using a spike belt.

The 54-year-old Calgary man was arrested for failing to stop for police and was taken to the Fernie detachment to provide breath samples.

The man, who has previously been issued with a 90-day Roadside Prohibition in March by Cranbrook RCMP, was found to be at double the legal limit.

“The driver was later released on an Undertaking with a number of conditions related to the offences. His first court appearance is in July 2023,” said Elk Valley RCMP. “The suspect’s name cannot be released as no charges have yet been approved by Crown Counsel.”

The investigation is ongoing, and any witnesses are asked to contact Elk Valley RCMP at 250-425-6233 and refer to file 2023-991.

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