A North Vancouver driver was arrested yesterday for impaired driving, a mere three hours after his licence was suspended for the exact same infraction.
According to North Vancouver RCMP, the case began at 12:25 pm on Thursday, when police received a witness report about an erratic driver who had crashed into a parked car, in the area of Capilano Road and Montroyal Boulevard.
Officers attended to the scene and found the driver – a man in his 30s – to be uninjured.
However, “evidence at the scene prompted officers to complete a thorough assessment of the driver’s alcohol consumption,” said North Vancouver RCMP Sgt. Peter DeVries.
The driver ultimately failed a roadside breathalyzer test, and it was at that point that officers seized the man’s driver’s license and prohibited him from driving for 90 days.
The vehicle – belonging to the man’s father – was also seized and impounded for 30 days. Police then dropped the man off at his house.
Just three hours later, in what police called an “episode of déjà vu,” officers received another report of an erratic driver who almost hit a cyclist, then crashed into a parked car on Lonsdale Avenue.
The same officer from the first incident attended the scene and found the same man behind the wheel. This time he was driving his mother’s car.
“It appeared he had continued drinking after his last accident, and, after another assessment of his alcohol consumption, officers arrested him for impaired driving,” said DeVries.
The mom’s car was impounded for seven days.
“This guy should probably never go to Vegas,” said DeVries. “It’s unbelievable.”
DeVries admitted there “is something comical” about this turn of events, but said that humour has to pass quickly.
“He could have killed someone. Many other drunk drivers have,” he said. “We need to keep these people off the road, and that’s what we try to do every day.”