Cold Lake Man Sentenced after Impaired Collision with Police Cruiser and Tow Truck

Patrick Tkachuk has been sentenced after pleading guilty to impaired operation of a motor vehicle, with a 45 day jail sentence, to be served intermittently (on weekends). Tkachuk was also given a three year driving ban.

Tkachuk was charged following an incident on November 4th in which he had struck a police cruiser and a tow truck. There was extensive damage to the police cruiser, as well as the tow truck, as a result of the collision.

Background 

On November 4th, at approximately 7:30 pm, Cold Lake RCMP were investigating a collision on Highway 28, between the sailboats and Rona.

“We had a marked police vehicle parked on the northbound shoulder, with his emergency lights activated. We had a tow truck, behind the police vehicle, also with his emergency lights activated,” S/Sgt. Jeremie Landry, of the Cold Lake Detachment, explains that while that collision investigation was happening, “we received a call to be on the lookout for a possible impaired driver. Shortly there after, that same impaired driver, struck the rear of the tow truck, causing it to then strike the rear of the police SUV.”

Arrested was a 55 year old male, from Cold Lake, with charges pending of impaired operation of a motor vehicle and driving with a blood alcohol level over 0.08.