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Alberta man faces drunk driving charges

An unusual case has developed that has led to charges being filed against a man in Jasper, local police have reported. Alberta authorities have filed drunk driving charges against a man accused of leading police on a chase. The man's passenger is also facing charges connected to the incident. 

According to the Alberta branch of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the 24-year-old man and an unidentified friend were allegedly drinking in a bar in Jasper on the night of Nov. 9. The men were asked by bar staff to leave after several customers reported they were being bothered by the pair. When they left the bar, police were notified that they appeared to be attempting to leave in a vehicle. 

Police attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the driver reportedly sped away, leading police into a short chase that terminated on a dead-end street. The two men attempted to flee on foot, but were caught and arrested. The driver now faces several charges, including DUI, and his passenger is accused of obstructing a peace officer. They are expected to be in a local courthouse in January. 

Drunk driving charges are sometimes difficult to prove in court, depending on the circumstances surrounding the case. In this case, Alberta prosecutors will need to prove the man was intoxicated when he left the bar and drove away in his vehicle. This may require evidence in the form of a breath or blood test, which, if not conducted in a manner consistent with the man's rights, may not necessarily be allowed as evidence in court. 

Source: Global News, "Edmonton men charged after allegedly booted from Jasper bar and getting in police chase: RCMP", Nov. 11, 2016

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