Tip from public results in man being charged with impaired driving

HUMBOLDT — After receiving a tip, Humboldt RCMP charged a 47-year-old Melfort man with impaired driving.

Police were dispatched on May 24 at around 6:30 pm. The tip was made by somebody who was following an erratic driver and believed they were either distracted or impaired. The RCMP conducted a traffic stop on Humboldt’s Sixth Street and made an arrest.

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“Without this call from the public, it's very possible that police never would have been alerted to this,” said Cst. Geoff Applegate of the Humboldt RCMP. “This person may have made it to his destination, and not even face charges or, on the other hand, he may have caused a collision that would injure somebody.”

On top of being charged with impaired driving, the man had his license suspended immediately.

“An aggravating circumstance to that was he had a nine-year-old child in the vehicle with him at the time of this offence,” Applegate said.

The man's first court appearance will be in Humboldt Provincial Court on June 24.

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