Semi-truck driver arrested at 9 a.m. Aug. 8 with blood-alcohol level over twice the legal limit

A call about a possible impaired driver resulted in Thompson RCMP arresting an man behind the wheel of an idling semi-truck with a blood-alcohol concentration two times the legal limit Aug. 8.

The driver, a 23-year-old from Thompson, was arrested in the parking lot of the Burntwood Hotel around 9 a.m. and provided breath samples more than twice the legal blood-alcohol limit of .08. He was released to appear in court at a later date.

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Less than 12 hours earlier, patrolling RCMP officers saw a vehicle leave the Thompson Inn beer vendor at high speed and pulled it over to administer a roadside alcohol screening on the 30-year-old male driver from Thompson. He failed the test and was arrested for impaired driving. Breath samples obtained afterwards showed he was over the legal limit and he was released to appear in court at a later date.

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