ON September 25, the New Westminster Police Department received a 9-1-1 call about a suspected impaired driver drifting and weaving on the road. The caller advised that the vehicle had pulled into a gas station.
New Westminster Police Department Constable Faris rushed to the area and observed the driver had stepped out of the vehicle and was at the after-hours window at the gas station store. A passenger in the vehicle could be seen waiting for the driver. At this time, Constable Malcolm arrived on scene to assist.
“As I walked up to the vehicle I could see a handgun sitting on the centre console,” said Faris. “The possibility of impaired people having firearms within reach heightened the level of risk significantly.”
Constables Malcom, Faris and Watkins took both the driver and passenger safely into custody and began preparing an Approved Screening Device to determine if the driver was impaired. At this time police on the scene became concerned about the welfare of the man in custody. His breathing became shallow, he had difficulty speaking, and he started losing consciousness. Concerned the man may be having an overdose, officers administered Narcan Nasal Spray and placed him in the recovery position. BC Ambulance was called to the scene and the man was transported to hospital.
Upon closer inspection, it was determined the handgun was a replica.
Charges have been recommended to Crown Counsel.
The New Westminster Police Department thanked the person who made the call to 9-1-1.
Police remind everyone to report suspected impaired drivers.