Two charges after 1,000 cars pulled over during St. Paddy’s RIDE check in St. Catharines, Thorold

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Published March 20, 2023 at 10:30 am

Niagara Police pulled over more than 1,000 vehicles during their St Paddy's Day RIDE check in St. Catharines and Thorold. (Photo: NRPS)

A driver in St. Catharines did not have the luck of the Irish on St. Paddy’s Day (March 17) during a Niagara Police RIDE spot-check.

Pulled over at 10:25 pm, the driver of a Dodge Caravan was asked to get out of his vehicle when police said he showed “signs of impairment.” He pretty much removed any doubt when an open beer can fell out of his van as he was getting out.

A different 24-year-old St. Catharines man didn’t fare any better at a Thorold RIDE check earlier just before 7 pm. Spotting the officers ahead, he pulled a U-turn to get away from the check. He was instantly stopped and given a breathalyzer.

On the positive, those were the two impaired charges the police pressed after pulling over more than 1,000 vehicles during the two separate RIDE checks on one of the year’s booziest days.

In total, 18 drivers were asked for breath samples. After the two charges, there were also four drivers were determined to be in the “Alert” range, meaning their blood alcohol concentration was between 50 milligrams of alcohol and 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood.

All four drivers had their drivers licences suspended for three days.

Aside from drinking and driving, two tickets were given to drivers throughout the evening for the offence of failing to display two licence plates.

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