A series of drunk drivers  including five different cases in the afternoon hours alone  kept police in the metro St. John's area busy on Wednesday.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary reported seven cases in the region, with most of them occurring between the lunch and supper hours.

One case turned into a double arrest.

While police detained arrested a 51-year-old man who was alleged to have been driving while impaired in the Goulds area of the city, two passengers left the scene on foot.

But as soon as the police left the scene to take the driver for a breathalyzer test, the "two passengers returned to the vehicle and drove away," the RNC said in a statement.

Another officer found the pair driving the vehicle on Pitts Memorial Drive. Police pulled over the car again and found the man behind the wheel had drunk enough to have his licence suspended for a week.

In another case, police charged a 58-year-old man whose breath sample came in at more than four times the legal limit.