Accused drunk driver sends mother, 2 children to hospital
Driver’s blood alcohol readings tested 3 times above legal limit in Lake Echo crash
A 57-year-old Halifax man faces impaired driving charges after rear-ending a mother driving with her two small children Saturday evening in Lake Echo.
The woman and her two daughters, ages three and five, were stopped in their Ford Ranger truck on Bell Street in Lake Echo around 8:45 p.m. Saturday, waiting for an oncoming car to pass so she could turn left into a driveway.
That’s when her truck was hit from behind by a man driving a 2001 Buick Regal.
The mother and children were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The 57-year-old man was arrested at the scene for impaired driving. He was not injured in the crash.
RCMP Staff Sgt. Peter Ferguson said the man’s blood alcohol readings were three times above the legal limit.
"Without a doubt, and the person who was given the breathalyzer, the man, did have a very high readings with his readings being three times in excess the legal limit," he said.
Both the truck and Buick suffered extensive damage.
The man stayed in jail overnight and is scheduled to appear in Dartmouth Provincial Court on July 31 on charges of impaired driving and "driving over 80 milligrams," read the police statement.
Police said the matter is under investigation and remind people on the roads to call 911 if they believe someone is driving drunk.