Wood Buffalo ITU lay charges in numerous high-profile impaired driving incidents

Posted on Jul 19, 2019

July 19, 2019

Fort McMurray, Alta. – Between July 9- 11, 2019, Wood Buffalo Integrated Traffic Unit (ITU) was involved in three high-profile impaired driving incidents.
On July 9, at approximately 10:30 p.m., ITU members were taking part in a traffic check stop on Highway 881 when a vehicle attempted to evade the stop by turning around and fleeing. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle however due to the speeds reached had to terminate due to public safety. The vehicle was later found abandoned and after a search of the area, the driver was located. Police arrested a 27-year-old male from Fort Saskatchewan and charged him with the following offences:

• Impaired operation motor vehicle
• Impaired operation motor vehicle over .08
• Flight from Peace Officer
• Take motor vehicle without consent
• Operate a motor vehicle while criminally suspended (x2)
• Dangerous operation motor vehicle

The name of the driver cannot be released pending the swearing of an Information. He was released on a Recognizance to Appear and is set to appear in Fort McMurray Provincial Court on August 21, 2019.

On July 11, at approximately 3:45 p.m., an off-duty Police Officer (PO) noted an erratic driving in the downtown area of Fort McMurray. The officer was able to stop the suspect vehicle, identify himself as a PO, and confiscate the vehicle keys before arresting the driver and passing him on to uniformed members. A 56-year-old male driver from Fort McMurray was taken to the detachment, where he provided breath samples as high as 310 milligrams of alcohol – almost four times the legal limit- and was charged with the following offences:

• Impaired operation motor vehicle
• Impaired operation motor vehicle over .08

The name of the driver cannot be released pending the swearing of an Information. He was released on a Promise to Appear and is set to appear in Fort McMurray Provincial Court on August 21, 2019.

Later, on July 11, at approximately 11:50 p.m., ITU noted a vehicle southbound on Highway 63 travelling in excess of 170 km/h in the posted 110 km/h speed zone. The vehicle was stopped and the driver displayed signs of alcohol intoxication. Police arrested a 43-year-old male from Fort McMurray and charged him with the following offences:
• Impaired operation motor vehicle
• Impaired operation motor vehicle over .08
• Dangerous Operation motor vehicle

The name of the driver cannot be released pending the swearing of an Information. He was released on a Promise to Appear and is set to appear in Fort McMurray Provincial Court on August 28, 2019.

Wood Buffalo ITU is comprised of provincial traffic Sheriffs and RCMP provincial traffic officers, and was formed so that both departments could combine resources to deliver a more effective service to the public. ITU focus on reducing the number of fatal and serious injury collisions on Alberta roadways, and to make the driving experience safer for all users of the road.

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