Gatineau driver charged after registering five times the legal alcohol/blood limit – Ottawa Citizen

Gatineau driver charged after registering five times the legal alcohol/blood limit - Ottawa Citizen
Driver blows five times legal alcohol limit after Gatineau crash
Gatineau police have charged a “recidivist” drunk driver after he blew five times the legal alcohol/blood limit Wednesday night.

Officers were called to the intersection of De la Gappe and De la Cité boulevards in response to a call for a three-vehicle collision.

Driver charged with testing more than 5 times the legal limit for alcohol

A man in his 50s showed signs of intoxication and was taken to the police station for a breathalyzer.

Officers were called to a three-vehicle collision at the intersection of boulevards de la Gappe and de la Cité in Gatineau, Que., around 7 p.m. Wednesday, Gatineau police wrote in a news release.

“The results indicated that the alcohol level in the body exceeded the legal limit by more than five times,” police said in a media release.

Officials say a reading of 0.35 to 0.40 usually represents potentially fatal alcohol poisoning. While .40 is the accepted lethal dose for about half of adults, in rare cases a very heavy long-time drinker may be able to more than double that number.

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The man had his licence suspended for a period of 90 days. His vehicle was also seized for a period of 90 days.

Police said the driver of one of the vehicles was arrested at the scene and given a breathalyzer test at the police station.

He was released on a promise to appear in court, then taken to hospital for treatment because of his advanced state of intoxication, police said.

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Gatineau police say the driver of a vehicle, involved in a three-vehicle crash, had five times the legal amount of alcohol in his system at the time.

Officers responded to the incident at La Gappe Boulevard and La Cité Boulevard at 7 p.m., Wednesday.

Police on the scene said they noticed right away that the driver of a vehicle which appeared to be at the centre of the collision, was showing signs of intoxication.

The man in his 50s was arrested and taken to the police station, where he took a breathalyzer test and the results were more than five times what is allowed for someone to be behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Gatineau police said the accused is a repeat offender. He had already been sanctioned for a conviction for impaired driving, and his license was suspended for 90 days. His vehicle was also seized for 90 days.

Police said the man was then taken to the hospital for treatment because of his advanced state of intoxication.