Summer has wound down and all that’s left are summer vacation memories as everyone heads back to school and transitions into fall. For police officers fighting drunk driving in Canada, those summer memories will include a surge in impaired drivers that kept every member of law enforcement busy, but after an incident in Nova Scotia it seems as though some of those officers may have been even busier than others.
Several Ontario police officers who were on vacation at the same resort in Liverpool, Nova Scotia collaborated to arrest a suspected drunk driver who was taking the vacation atmosphere a bit too seriously. Given that the police work together to catch criminals all the time, it’s not surprising that they apprehended the suspect. What is surprising is that they were all off duty, they didn’t know each other before hand, and they were all from different police precincts.
Two vacationing officers spotted a car being driven erratically, and they watched as he crossed the center line and sideswiped a car. He didn’t stop and kept driving, and that’s when another off-duty constable spotted him too.
Although the three officers were total strangers, they assessed the situation and decided the driver must be driving drunk and could even be unconscious behind the wheel of a moving car. Because the car was going fairly slow, one of the officers was able to get into it and put it into park. Together the three off duty officers arrested the man for drunk driving, and when they did they discovered he was also driving on a suspended license without insurance on his vehicle.
The moral of the story? If you’re drunk driving in Canada, even if you’re on vacation, there are police everywhere who are watching for you. Just because they are on vacation themselves doesn’t mean they won’t stop you either.