Nova Scotia

Drunk driving charge in bridge crash

A Nova Scotia man who crashed a pickup truck into two toll booths on the A. Murray MacKay Bridge in December is facing impaired driving charges.
A pickup truck crashed into two toll booths on the A. Murray MacKay Bridge in December. (CBC)

A Nova Scotia man who crashed a pickup truck into two toll booths on the A. Murray MacKay Bridge in December has been charged with impaired driving and having a blood alcohol level above the legal limit.

Police have also made a recommendation to go along with those charges, which would mean a stiffer sentence if the Enfield man, 52, is convicted, Halifax Regional Police Const. Brian Palmeter said.

"I think because of the whole totality of the situation — because of the damage, because of the severity of the crash that was involved as well as the [blood-alcohol] readings being as high as they were — this added section was included in the charges," Palmeter told CBC News.

Police said the accused had a blood-alcohol level that was at least twice the legal limit, although they refused to reveal the exact amount.

On Dec. 21, a pickup truck slammed into the toll booths and the driver was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries. He remains at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre.

He is scheduled to appear in court in August.

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