A Kimberley man, aged 20, will face charges of impaired driving and theft of a vehicle after being involved in an accident on St. Mary Lake Road, Kimberley RCMP Cpl. Chris Newel reports.
Newel says the incident occurred at about 8 p.m. on Monday evening, August 19, when reports were received of a vehicle being driven in a reckless manner on 4th Avenue in Townsite. The caller believed the owners of the truck were out of town.
Newel said more reports of the erratic driver were received and then an accident involving a vehicle of that description was called in.
“Police learned the truck had been involved in a collision in the Kimberley Nature Park near Riverside Campground on St. Mary’s Lake Road,” Newel said. “The driver was assisted by campground staff prior to police arrival. Once on scene police noted signs of impairment and he was arrested.”
Newel says two breath samples were taken and registered two and a half times the legal limit. The registered owners of the truck were contacted and it was confirmed that it was stolen.
“Police appreciate the assistance of a number of persons who called in. This lead to the successful apprehension and arrest.”
Because these charges are under the criminal code, and not just an immediate roadside prohibition, rules on impounding the vehicle are different, Newel said. In this case the vehicle was not impounded.
The subject will be attending court in early October where police will be recommending a number of charges.