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Going Nowhere Fast - Construction Worker Probably Saves Life

Driver found to be 3X over legal limit

December 26, 2016

The Queens District Royal Canadian Mounted Police on Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, reported a 911 call last Thursday from a construction worker regarding an allegedly drunk driver.

According to reports, the man had stopped his car near Highway 15 in Brackley with the intention of arguing with the construction worker. When the driver got out of his car, the excavator operator suspected the driver was intoxicated or otherwise impaired.

Not wanting the man to drive while under the influence and possibly killing himself or others, the operator maneuvered his machine, effectively trapping the driver's car between the excavator's cab and its bucket.

Sgt. Leanne Butler, the operations NCO with Queens District RCMP, called it "unconventional". She said RCMP received the 911 call at 2:30 p.m. indicating the construction worker had stopped the driver and was holding his vehicle until they got there. 

"It's certainly a first that I've seen that. The officers responding probably haven't seen something like that before either. It was a different way, but it was effective."

The 50-year old driver was taken to the Canadian Mounted Police station and found to be more than three times over the legal limit. He will be in court in early January.

Photo: Queens District RCMP

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