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Burnt out tail light leads to drunk driving prohibition and firearm seizure

On June 5, 2021 at 7:07 p.m., a front line Trail and Greater District RCMP officer conducted a traffic stop with a blue Dodge 1500 pick-up truck with a burnt out headlight on Highway 3B in Fruitvale. According to reports, during the vehicle stop roadside, the police officer detected an odour of liquor emanating from the driver and therefore entered into an impaired driving investigation.

A demand was read to the driver, who provided a sample of his breath. The man allegedly failed to pass the roadside alcohol screening test.

The 29-year-old Fruitvale man was issued a 24-hour driving prohibition under section 215 of the BC Motor Vehicle Act. His vehicle was impounded due to defects that made it unsafe to travel on the roadway. An unsecured rifle was located inside the truck and seized by police.