British Columbia

Man caught driving impaired twice in 1 night 'selfish' say Surrey RCMP

Surrey RCMP are publicly calling out the actions of a 37-year-old man for what they are describing as"'selfish behaviour," after he was pulled over twice in one night for allegedly operating two different vehicles while drunk.

37-year-old stopped by police in 2 different sections of 16th Avenue, both times allegedly impaired

RCMP in Surrey say their officers arrested a 37-year-old Surrey man twice, four hours apart, for impaired driving on May 18. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

Surrey RCMP are publicly calling out the actions of a 37-year-old man for what they are describing as"'selfish behaviour," after he was pulled over twice in one night for allegedly operating two different vehicles while drunk.

In a statement, the force says the Surrey man may "face a long road through the court system," after officers pulled him over for impaired driving in two separate incidents involving two different vehicles just hours apart on the night of May 18.

Police say around midnight, an RCMP officer came across a collision involving an SUV and a sedan in the area of 16th Avenue and 168 Street.

The driver of the SUV was arrested for impaired driving and his vehicle was impounded by police. He was released from custody on a promise to appear in court. He was also issued a driving prohibition before being taken home by officers.

There were no injuries from the collision.

Surrey RCMP say at 4:15 a.m. PT on May 19, they received a report of an alleged impaired driver who had crashed into a fence post near 16th Avenue and King George Boulevard.

When police responded, they say they found the same 37-year-old man they had arrested earlier behind the wheel of a different vehicle.

He was arrested again for impaired driving and driving while prohibited.

No charges yet

Police say the man has not yet been charged but they are sending a detailed report to the B.C. Prosecution Service.

In a written statement, Sgt. Dave Chu with Surrey RCMP Traffic Services admonishes the man, saying his behaviour endangered others.

"The selfish driving behaviour displayed by this individual is unacceptable and posed a serious safety risk to the public," said Chu.

Surrey RCMP are asking anyone consuming alcohol to plan ahead, not drive and find an alternative way home.

"If your activity involves consuming alcohol, please plan ahead to find a safe ride and do not drive."

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