Anyone who reads the news online or watches TV to get their daily information knows there are impaired driving crashes happening every single day in Canada. More often than not you read about an impaired driver crashing into a pole, other times you read about a fatal alcohol-related crash that took the lives of one or more people. What you don’t normally read about is an impaired driver crashing into a doggy daycare, but when you do, your first thought is whether or not any dogs were hurt.
Although there is a doggy daycare in the building, thankfully no dogs or humans were present inside the building when one many from Vancouver made the decision to drive impaired and crashes his SUV straight into a pet store near the busy section of Granville Island. The crash occurred at 1 am on a Friday, and both the SUV involved in the crash and a part of the building was totaled.
Police believe the driver was speeding and driving impaired, and because he drove drunk, destroyed property, and refused to submit to a breathalyzer, he is facing extensive criminal charges.
It’s a bad time to be arrested for impaired driving in British Columbia. Recent appeals to revoke immediate roadside suspensions have been tossed by the Supreme Court, and upon conviction impaired driving offenders can expect to lose their drivers license for a long period of time, pay hefty fines, and will be required to install an ignition interlock in any vehicle he or she drives.
This is a case where someone was driving impaired at top speeds on a busy road, and the outcome could have been very different. After the crash the owner of the shop summed up the situation best by saying, “This is a building, this can be repaired. If it was a human life or someone walking along you can’t replace that.”