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Drug impaired motorist keeps RCMP busy during long weekend

Grand Forks RCMP Detachment Commander, Sergeant Darryl Peppler said in less than a 48-hour period between May 22 and May 24, Grand Forks RCMP officers conducted four impaired by drug investigations in the Boundary City.

Grand Forks Mounties were kept busy over May long weekend conducting several impaired by drugs investigations said Grand Forks RCMP Detachment Commander, Sergeant Darryl Peppler Tuesday in a media release.

Sgt. Peppler said in less than a 48-hour period between May 22 and May 24, Grand Forks RCMP officers conducted four impaired by drug investigations in the Boundary City.

Accident East Almond Gardens Road

The first investigation started at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 22 when officers were called to an accident on the 2200 block of East Almond Gardens Rd. A 27-year-old Grand Forks man is being investigated for this offence.

Central Avenue stop

A few hours later at 4 p.m., Grand Forks officers, assisted by officers from the BC Highway Patrol – Nelson conducted another Impaired by Drugs investigation on the 1600 block of Central Avenue. A 26-year-old Grand Forks man is currently under investigation for this offence.

Traffic stop leads to third impaired investigation

On Sunday, May 23 at 1:30  p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop which led to the 3rd drug impaired investigation of a 45-year-old man also from Grand Forks.

Donaldson Drive accident

Finally, on Monday, May 24, just after 7 a.m., officers called to an accident on Donaldson Drive and 75th Ave. The driver of this accident just happened to be the same person from the first accident on May 22, and once again he was investigated for Drug Impaired Driving.

Sgt. Peppler said in all these matters, officers will continue with their investigations, collect the necessary evidence, and will present to the BC Prosecution Services for charge approval at a later time.

“Drug impaired investigations are starting to rise compared to alcohol impaired investigations,” Sgt. Peppler said.

“While drug impaired matters are investigated differently, we do have the tools, knowledge and experience to effectively and properly investigate these matters and bring them before the courts.”