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A man has been charged in connection to an incident on Highway 43 outside of Grande Prairie over the weekend.

On Friday night, Grande Prairie RCMP received several complaints of a potentially impaired driver in the area of Highway 43 and Range Road 73.

The driver in question was reported to have been driving erratically and swerving in and out of the ditch, then began travelling eastbound on Highway 43 in the westbound lanes before returning to the proper lane.

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As Sheriffs from the Grande Prairie Integrated Traffic Unit initiated a traffic stop, the suspect vehicle drove into the snow-filled highway median and reversed out of the ditch before coming to a stop for police.

The man driving was arrested for impaired operation of a motor vehicle. Nobody was injured during the incident.

Blair Lawson of Cowichan is now facing the following criminal charges:

  • Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle
  • Drive While Disqualified
  • Refusal to Provide Breath Sample
  • Assault on a Peace Officer x 2
  • Mischief under $5000 x 2
  • Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle

In addition to criminal charges, Lawson has also been charged with Provincial offences, including Speeding and Fail to remain/return to scene of accident.

Lawson was scheduled to appear in court this morning.

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