Lumby man's offence not so different from his last

LUMBY - It was deja-vu for a North Okanagan cop dealing with an impaired driving case.

The officer was patrolling in the Lumby area April 10 around 2 p.m. when he noticed a prohibited driver in a residential neighbourhood, RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk says.

“Our officer drove up to the vehicle in a marked police vehicle, and noticed the man drinking from a can of beer in the driver's seat,” Molendyk says. “The driver was so intoxicated he didn't even notice the police vehicle pulling up in front of him.”

It turned out the driver, a 50-year-old Lumby man, was involved in another impaired driving case in late 2014 in Lumby that was investigated by the same police officer. He was driving the same vehicle at the time, which belongs to his room-mate.

“The vehicle had been impounded back then and was impounded again,” Molendyk says.
The man was arrested for impaired driving and driving while prohibited. He is expected to face charges of impaired driving, blowing over the legal limit, driving while prohibited, and possessing open liquor in a vehicle.

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