You see a lot of interesting things in Prince Edward Island. It’s home to Province House, the birthplace of Canada, and you can pop in to see the famous Anne of Green Gables house if you’re interested in Canadian literature.
But what you might not expect to see during your sightseeing in PEI is an impaired man driving a tractor in traffic, yet that’s exactly what residents in Summerside saw early one evening when they were driving through Reads Corner. After a concerned motorist called the tractor driver in, he was pulled over and investigated by the police.
The police believed him to be impaired and he was not driving with a valid drivers license. He also refused to submit to a breathalyzer when asked, so the police impounded his tractor for 30 days and he was taken into custody. He will appear in court in November on charges of impaired driving and driving while prohibited.
You might wonder how someone can be arrested for impaired driving on a tractor, and why the police would choose to impound the tractor. According to Prince Edward Island impaired driving laws, you can be arrested for impaired driving on any type of motor vehicle including snowmobiles, golf carts, and yes, tractors.
In this case, the man also had a suspended drivers license, so he might have thought the tractor was a better option considering he was prohibited from driving a vehicle. Now that he’s been arrested for impaired driving, he could be facing jail time, a longer drivers license suspension, and if and when he receives a drivers license again, and ignition interlock on any vehicle he drives.
Unfortunately, you can’t put an ignition interlock device on a tractor, snowmobile, or golf cart, so this offender won’t be taking his tractor for a spin for quite a while.