Man decides against taking police advice, ends up with impaired charge
Next time a 34-year-old resident might want to take the advice of police instead of driving home after night on the town.
In the early hours of Friday (January 11) at 3:50 a.m., Nelson Police officers were patrolling the downtown core when they noticed a man and woman loitering near a running vehicle parked outside one of the local bars.
Officers approached the pair and during conversation noticed they both were not capable of driving.
Police also discovered the vehicle belonged to the 34-year-old man and advised him it would not be a good choice to drive the car home.
The man agreed and police left the scene.
During patrols a short time later, officers noticed the vehicle was gone.
A quick drive to the owners address found the male trying to park as members pulled up.
The man failed the roadside screening device check and faces sanctions under the Motor Vehicle Act which include:
1. Immediately loss of driver’s licence for 90 days and your vehicle for 30 days.
2. Payment of all related towing and storage fees.
3. Pay $500 monetary penalty and a $250 driver’s licence reinstatement fee.
An impaired driver also musts complete the Responsible Driving Program to regain driving privileges and use an Ignition Interlock Device for one full year following a driving suspension.
In all, administrative consequences will cost about $4,060 before a driver can legally operate a motor vehicle again in B.C.
A cab would have cost less that $20 to any destination in the City of Nelson.