Although police all across Canada have been upping their enforcement and coming up with new campaigns to stop impaired driving, there are still people out on the roads who have had one too many and shouldn’t be behind the wheel. Most of these impaired drivers will be pulled over at a road stop, and if a breathalyzer confirms they have been drinking, they will be given a warn range citation or be arrested for impaired driving.
But drinking alcohol can cause a lapse in judgement, and in addition to choosing to drink and drive, some people were arrested for impaired driving after being involved in some crazy situations. Here are just a few examples of crazy Canadian impaired driving stories.
A fire damages a fire hall
The Nackawic, New Brunswick fire department was badly damaged and a lot of equipment destroyed after a fire consumed most of the building. Although it seems ironic that a fire could destroy a fire hall with several fire fighters in or near the building, it was the way the fire started that threw the fire fighters off guard and caused the blaze to get so out of control.
Edwin Samuel Bradley, a 56-year-old resident of Nackawic, drove his truck straight into the fire hall, it exploded, and within minutes there were 15-foot flames. He’s since been charged with impaired driving, refusing to provide a breathalyzer sample, and breaching conditions of his arrest. Although New Brunswick does not require a mandatory ignition interlocks for impaired drivers, if he ever wants to get behind the wheel again, he’ll want to voluntarily enroll in the program.
Ride-on lawn mowers are great for cutting large areas of grass, and many Canadians with large properties have one stored in their garage. But if you’ve had enough to drink, that ride-on lawn mower might look like a viable mode of transportation, or at least that’s what a Prince Edward Island (PEI) man thought before he was arrested for driving impaired.
A concerned member of the West Covehead community called him in to the police after he was seen driving around town erratically on his lawn mower, and he was arrested for impaired driving and found to have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) that was 2 ½ times over the legal limit of .08. You can’t install an ignition interlock in a ride-on lawnmower, but thanks to stiff PEI ignition interlock laws, he’ll be required to have one installed in any other vehicle he drives.
The moral of these stories? When you put a vehicle in the hands of an impaired driver, things can get out of control fast. Stay safe and if you’re drinking, don’t drive.