Three drivers charged with impaired driving Thursday in St. Albert, RCMP say

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St. Albert RCMP say they charged three people with impaired driving in less than 24 hours Thursday.

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The first complaint came in just after midnight after a PT cruiser hit the ditch on Villeneuve Road, police said in a Friday news release. The driver, a 27-year-old Edmonton woman who was not injured, was charged for impaired driving.

Just after 1 a.m. a Honda Ridgeline drove off the road and crashed into a tree on Liberton Drive. The car had “extensive damage,” and while a 33-year-old St. Albert man was not injured he was charged for impaired driving.

The third charge came just after 8 p.m. following reports of an “erratic driver” on St. Albert Trail, which led to charges for a 20-year-old Edmonton man, who was located by police in the parking lot of the St. Albert Bowling Alley.

The man was also charged under the Criminal Code for assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. He is scheduled to appear in St. Albert Provincial Court on September 7, 2021, relating to the criminal charges.

The impaired driving charges come after new provincial sanctions took effect in December, meaning those caught driving under the influence in Alberta now face stricter, immediate roadside penalties, including fines and having their vehicle seized.

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