Any drunk driver in the York Region of Ontario would know that, to avoid arrest, they need to keep their eyes on the road and be on constant alert for police. Police do sit on the sides of busy roadways or drive in traffic to catch people under the influence. But did you know those same police also take to the skies to catch an Ontario impaired driver?
One man was spotted driving erratically in Markham, Ontario recently. Given that he was weaving in and out of traffic, someone on the road reported him to police for suspected drunk driving. Instead of just getting in a squad car and chasing him down, York police dispatched their helicopter unit and hit the skies to send instructions to the officers in pursuit.
The helicopter unit captured video as the man swerved all over, and it’s no wonder: when police caught up to him and pulled him over, his breathalyzer test showed that he was four times the legal limit of .08. With a blood alcohol content (BAC) that high, he wasn’t just in danger of crashing and killing someone because he was driving drunk; he was in danger of killing himself.
A BAC of .40 or higher is considered a lethal level for alcohol poisoning. Signs of alcohol poisoning include losing consciousness, vomiting, seizures, and difficulty breathing. When you put someone in that condition with that BAC level behind the wheel of a vehicle? You have a recipe for disaster.
In this case the police managed to safely pull the Ontario impaired driver over, and given his BAC levels and how he could have died, he may be feeling grateful he lived to be one of the thousands arrested for impaired driving in the province. In all there were over 1200 Ontario impaired drivers who were arrested in 2017, and despite everything Ontario has been doing to bring that number down, it’s still going up.
Let’s hope 2018 is the year that Ontario finally sees the number of drunk drivers drop, and that no one else attempts to get behind the wheel in the same condition as this man.