THUNDER BAY – Drinking and driving still after all these years seems to be a sad fixture in Thunder Bay.
The Thunder Bay Police Service was once again busy responding to calls of impaired drivers this weekend, arresting three people on Sunday alone.
Officers first responded to a weapons call in the area of Picton Avenue at approximately 4:00 am, finding the accused party to be operating a motor vehicle while impaired. The 28-year-old male was also charged with a number of firearms offences, as well as failing to provide a breath sample.
At approximately 6:00 pm, a 41-year-old female was arrested in the parking lot of Grandview Mall for impaired operation of a motor vehicle. Prior to the arrest, several 911 calls were received regarding the woman’s erratic driving. She was also charged with failing to provide a breath sample once she was transported to the police station for further testing.
A 22-year-old male is in custody for impaired operation and “over 80” operation of a motor vehicle after he failed to remain at the scene of a collision shortly after 10:00 pm. The male was involved in a hit-and-run in the south end of the city before fleeing. He was then observed striking curbs and driving erratically in the area of Frederica Street. He was subsequently arrested and brought to the police station, where he provided breath samples that were nearly triple the legal limit.
The Thunder Bay Police Service reminds all motorists that driving while impaired is irresponsible and unnecessarily puts everyone in the community at risk. If you plan on drinking, arrange for alternative means of transportation. If you suspect someone to be driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, please call 911.