Police lay impaired driving charges against off-highway vehicle operator

  • <p>RCMP, PHOTO</p><p>Police conduct a checkpoint on January 26.</p>

Police say a 42 year old driver of an off-highway vehicle registered breathalyser readings almost twice the legal limit after encountering a RCMP checkpoint on a trail in Gold River on January 26.

The accused, who's going to be charged with impaired driving and driving over the legal limit of 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, will be arraigned April 3 in a Bridgewater court.

RCMP were patrolling the off-road trails in the Chester Basin area that day, focusing on rider safety and enforcing impaired driving laws. Sixty-six off-highway vehicles encountered the Gold River checkpoint during a two-hour period later that day, law enforcement said in a statement released January 30.

Authorities said they were on watch in the area that day while an annual Fish 'n' Chip rally, hosted by a local all-terrain vehicle club, took place.

RCMP said trail conditions contributed to an accident involving a side-by-side crashing into a tree at 1:30 p.m. that day. No one was hurt and the vehicle sustained damage police say was minor in nature.

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