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North Vancouver man arrested for impaired driving hours after licence suspension

Last Updated May 24, 2019 at 12:48 pm PDT

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The driver, a man in his 30's, failed a breathalyzer the first time and had his license suspended

Just hours later, RCMP spotted the same man driving erratically in his mother's car

The man has been arrested, and both cars have been impounded

NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A driver in North Vancouver has been arrested after being caught driving impaired twice in a matter of hours.

It happened on Thursday afternoon when RCMP were called by a cyclist, who reported an erratic driver who crashed into a parked car near Capilano Road and Montroyal Boulevard.

Officers found the driver, a man in his 30’s, at the scene. While he was uninjured, the man failed a breath test and had his driver’s license seized.

He was also prohibited from driving 90 days, and the vehicle he was driving, which belonged to his father, was seized and to be impounded for 30 days.

Officers safely dropped the man off to his home, but to their surprise, they found the same man driving erratically just three hours later.

Police received even more reports of an erratic driver who almost crashed into a cyclist, before crashing into a parked car on Lonsdale Avenue. The same officer found the same suspect behind the wheel, this time driving his mother’s car.

The man is believed to have resumed drinking after the previous accident, and after failing another sobriety test, he was arrested for impaired driving and his mother’s car was impounded for a week.

Sgt Peter DeVries calls the incident “unbelievable”, adding it was a very dangerous situation that could have turned deadly.