FILE: A grader working on a dirt road. A similar piece of equipment was impounded by Slocan Lake RCMP for 30 days after the operator was found to have been consuming alcohol.

A failing grade

Slocan Lake RCMP impound heavy machinery after driver found to have been drinking

A man in control of an approximately 8,000 kg piece of machinery in the area near Roseberry got himself in a bit of a scrape when Slocan Lake RCMP curbed his ride.

Police, according to a press release by Cst. A. Van Hussen, responded just after noon last Wednesday to a complaint of a road grader driving erratically on Wilson Creek Forest Road.

There was concern the man driving the big machine, a Castlegar area resident, was either having medical issues or was intoxicated.

The 51-year-old operator was apprehended by police and it was determined that he had been consuming alcohol.

He failed to provide a breath sample and was issued and immediate driving prohibition. His drivers license was suspended for 90 days and the grader impounded for 30 days.

Anyone with further information on this matter is asked to contact Slocan Lake RCMP at 250-358-2222.

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