Drunk driver endangers child

Drunk driver with child in car collides with SUV in Nanaimo

A drunk driver in Nanaimo with his five-year-old son in the car drove on the wrong side of the road and collided with an SUV on the weekend.

A motorist called 911 Sunday, shortly after midnight, after seeing a black Honda Civic driving on the wrong side of the road in north Nanaimo.

The caller followed the Honda for about 10 minutes and watched as it was driven down McGirr and Dover roads and Uplands Drive on the wrong side of the road before it collided with an SUV at the Hammond Bay Road and Uplands Drive intersection.

The Honda finally turned into a driveway on Turner Road.

Police arrived to find an intoxicated 38-year-old man in the driver’s seat and his five-year-old son in the back of the car.

Officers turned the boy over to his grandmother, who lives in the home where the car pulled in, and arrested his father for impaired driving.

He was taken to Nanaimo RCMP detachment were he gave two breath samples, one measuring .230  and .240 or about three times the .08 legal intoxication limit.

The man was held in custody until he was sober when he was released on a promise to appear in Nanaimo provincial court March 6 to face recommended charges of driving while impaired and driving over the legal intoxication limit.

No one was injured in the collision with the SUV.

Police also called the Ministry of Children and Family Development to follow up on the incident.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com.