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Alberta man arrested, faces drunk driving charges

A man in Fort McMurray has been arrested and charged with impaired driving, police have reported. The Alberta man was arrested on Feb. 2 after an evening of bizarre and allegedly connected incidents, beginning with the apparent theft of a commercial vehicle. The man now faces drunk driving charges as well as charges pertaining to theft and failure to stop. 

Details about the alleged incidents are not fully articulated in the report, but it has been confirmed the 26-year-old man is believed to have stolen a commercial truck at the beginning of the evening. That vehicle was later reported by a witness to have been involved in a hit-and-run collision with another vehicle. Police launched a search for the truck, which was found travelling southbound on Highway 63.

At this point, the driver, identified as the 26-year-old man, apparently drove the vehicle into a ditch. Police eventually caught up with him, and he was arrested after allegedly refusing a breath test. Among his charges are assaulting a police officer and failing to stop at the scene of an accident. No court date has yet been announced for this case. 

Alberta police have a long list of incidences they will need to prove the man was involved in if the charges are to result in a conviction. Foremost among them are the drunk driving charges, which will require proof of the man's intoxication during the evening of Feb. 2. If police cannot provide evidence in the form of a breath test or blood sample proving that the man was drunk, that charge may be reduced or removed from the list he now faces. 

Source: CTV Edmonton, "Alleged impaired driver arrested in Fort McMurray", Steven Dyer, Feb. 6, 2017

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