Drunk drivers taken off Maple Ridge roads
Three drivers were taken off the road in Maple Ridge over the weekend after RCMP caught them driving drunk.
The first driver was stopped around 11 p.m. Friday after he made a left turn in front of a marked police car on Dewdney Trunk Road at 222nd Street.
The man provided a breath sample into a roadside screening device, which showed as a ‘warn,’ meaning the man’s blood-alcohol level was between .06 per cent and .10 per cent.
This resulted in an Immediate Roadside Prohibition for three days and the 47-year-old man from Maple Ridge had his car impounded for the same period.
Just after 2 a.m. on Saturday, a car was seen being driven erratically on the Lougheed Highway in Maple Ridge. The car was stopped and police said the driver exhibited signs of being impaired by alcohol. Samples of the man’s breath showed he was twice the legal limit.
The last driver was nabbed at a road check on Abernethy Way and 224th Street in Maple Ridge just before midnight on Saturday. The driver had breath samples analyzed at one and a half times the legal limit.
“Ridge Meadows RCMP will be out to enforce all traffic laws, with an emphasis on getting drinking drivers off our streets and highways. Our goal is to make our roads among the safest in the world,” said Cpl. Alanna Dunlop.
Police are recommending impaired driving charges against a 41-year-old Maple Ridge man and a 22-year-old man from Pitt Meadows, as well as issuing a three-day driving prohibition to a 47-year-old Maple Ridge man.
Ridge Meadows RCMP are investigating a break-in to a home on 209th Street in Maple Ridge.
A thief forced open a basement window to the house between 1 p.m. and 9 p.m.
A laptop computer, X-Box gaming system, including a controller and headset, and six X-Box games were stolen.
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