On July 15th, just before 8:00 pm, the Cold Lake RCMP received a call that a green GMC truck was leaving the Cold Lake Hospital and the driver was suspected to be under the influence. The complainant noted that the three passengers of the vehicle were just in the hospital and causing a disturbance from being very intoxicated and belligerent.
The RCMP located the suspect vehicle near the Energy Centre and pulled the vehicle over. It was discovered the driver to be visibly intoxicated. The driver, a 26 year old male, from the Cold Lake area, was arrested for impaired operation of a motor vehicle. The suspect was brought back to the detachment where he provided two breath samples, S/Sgt Jeremie Landry, of the Cold Lake Detachment says the samples were very high, “just shy of three times the legal limit.”
“He was charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle while over the legal limit of 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood, over 0.08.” S/Sgt Landry explains the repercussions, “the vehicle was towed and seized and he was released for a court date of August 24th at 10:00 am.” The driver had outstanding warrants for his arrested stemming back to 2011. “He was brought in front of a Justice of the Peace, and released on $1000 no cash bail.”
The three male passengers, ages 17, 18 and 19, were also arrested, “all passengers were very intoxicated.” All the passengers were from the Cold Lake area. One of the passengers, the 18 year old, had numerous warrants for his arrest; including, failing from complying with a probation order as a youth x 3, mischief x 2, theft, failing to comply with an undertaking and failing to attend court. “He was brought before a Justice of the Peace and released on $400 cash bail,” says S/Sgt Jeremie Landry.
The other two passengers were released once sober.