Impaired drivers arrested June 20 had blood alcohol levels well beyond the legal limit

Impaired drivers arrested by Thompson RCMP June 20 had blood alcohol levels more than two and 3.5 times higher than the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle, police say.

A 49-year-old Oxford House man arrested in the parking lot of a Selkirk Avenue business on Saturday morning provided breath samples more than 3.5 times the legal limit. He was caught after someone reported an erratic driver on Deerwood Drive around 8:15 a.m.

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Around 2:15 p.m., officers on patrol pulled over a vehicle with no licence plates on Churchill Drive. They observed signs of impairment in the 46-year-old driver from Thompson, who provided a name and failed a roadside alcohol screening test. Police also determined he had a warrant for his arrest. As the investigation proceeded, RCMP learned that the man had given them the name of his family member and that he had an expired driver’s licence. The man later provided breath samples more than twice the legal limit and faces other charges, including obstruction of justice.

Both men were released to appear in court at a later date.

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