Hamilton police nab two drunk drivers on snowy Wednesday

Hamilton police charged two men with impaired driving on Thursday, a day that saw 17.4 cm of snow fall on the city.

17.4 cm of snow fell on Hamilton during the day

A snowplow in downtown Hamilton clears a sidewalk of snow during a winter storm on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. (Sola DaSilva)

What’s more foolish than driving drunk? Doing it in the middle of Hamilton’s snowiest day of 2014.

Two men face drunk driving charges after they were arrested on Wednesday, a day that saw 17.4 cm of snow fall on the city.  

Police received a tip about a possible impaired driver in central Hamilton around 10:30 a.m., while flurries blanketed the city and created slippery conditions on the roads.

Officers located the vehicle parked near the intersection of Young Street and Ferguson Avenue South — in the city’s Corktown neighbourhood — and found a man behind the wheel.

He had “a strong odour of alcohol on his breath,” Hamilton police spokeswoman Debbie McGreal-Dinning said in a statement.

Police gave the driver a roadside test, which the driver failed. He was then taken into custody and blew over the legal limit on Breathalyzer at the police station.

A 36-year-old Hamilton man faces a charge of impaired driving in the case.

He was released on a promise to appear in court.

Hamilton police made another impaired arrest on Thursday night, when many city roads remained covered in snow and slush. 

At about 11:20 p.m., an officer saw a man leave the Big Bear convenience store on Barton Street East at St. Matthews Avenue, in east Hamilton.

The officer suspected the man to be impaired and decided to approach him. The driver showed signs of impairment, and the officer took him into custody.

At the police station, the suspect blew two times over the legal limit on a breath test.

Police charged a 64-year-old man with impaired driving and breach of probation and held him for a bail hearing.