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Grader operator helps detain suspected drunk driver

Photos of damage to both vehicles involved in a collision suspected to have been caused by impaired driving early Wednesday morning near Mr. Mikes. Photos supplied by Lindsey Ramsden
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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Members of the Fort St. John RCMP got some help from a passing grader operator in detaining a man suspected of impaired driving after a collision on Alaska Road.

Sgt. Dave Tyreman with the Fort St. John RCMP said the crash occurred at around 12:40 a.m. Wednesday in front of the Mr. Mikes Steakhouse on Alaska Road. Sgt. Tyreman said that police were called to the scene by an employee of D & G Traffic Control whose vehicle was rear-ended by another pickup truck.

Traffic control person Lindsay Ramsden spoke with Energeticcity.ca, saying that she was directing traffic while work crews were clearing piled snow from the road when she noticed a pickup truck moving towards her at high speed. Ramsden claimed she tried to take evasive manoeuvres with her truck but was not able to avoid the pickup from rear-ending the work truck. Sgt. Tyreman stated that neither driver suffered any apparent injuries in the crash, though Ramsden said she suffered minor injuries.

Sgt. Tyreman said that a passing grader operator stopped to check that everyone at the scene was all right, and made a citizen’s arrest of the male driver of the pickup when he allegedly tried to leave the scene. He added that alcohol is suspected as a contributing factor in the crash after police found open liquor inside the man’s vehicle.

According to Sgt. Tyreman, the man was detained while police conducted an impaired driving investigation. There’s no word on whether any charges have been laid.

Ramsden said the incident should help serve as a wake-up call for motorists about the importance of slowing down in work zones where traffic control workers are in close proximity to vehicles.

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