The driver of a speeding Porsche who rear-ended another vehicle near Sylvan Lake late Thursday night had a blood alcohol level four times the legal limit, police say.

The sports car was travelling at a high rate of speed on northbound Highway 20 when it rear ended a Volkswagen at about 11:40 p.m., RCMP said.

The Volkswagen spun out of control into oncoming traffic, colliding with a southbound tractor-trailer.

No one was seriously injured in the crash, but the Porsche and the Volkswagen were heavily damaged, police said.

The 39-year-old driver of the Porsche was arrested at the scene. The Sylvan Lake man was charged with impaired and dangerous driving charges.

He was released on bail with numerous conditions and is set to appear in Red Deer provincial court on June 27, police said. 

Sylvan Lake is about 160 kilometres north of Calgary.


  • An earlier version of this story reported that the suspect was from Red Deer. RCMP later issued a correction stating he is from Sylvan Lake.
    Jun 13, 2014 12:31 PM MT