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Drunk Island dad drives on wrong side of road, crashes with 5-yr-old son in back seat

Dec 20 2011

A 38-year-old Nanaimo man is facing drunk-driving charges after he drove on the wrong side of the street and got into a minor crash with his five-year-old son in the back seat.

Mounties were alerted to the impaired driver by another motorist who called 911 just after midnight Sunday. The concerned caller followed the black Honda Civic for nearly 10 minutes as the car went east along McGirr, then north on Dover, before heading onto Uplands and driving in the wrong direction in the left lane.

The Civic got into a minor crash with an SUV at the intersection of Uplands and Hammond Bay, before the driver pulled into the driveway of a home off Turner Road.

When police arrived they found a heavily intoxicated 38-year-old man in the driver's seat and an uninjured five-year-old boy in the back.

The driver was arrested and the boy was turned over to his grandmother, who lives in the home where the car was parked.

The suspect was taken to the Nanaimo RCMP detachment, where he blew .230 and .240 in two breath samples, around three times the legal limit. He was held overnight until he sobered up and is facing drunk-driving charges.

His first court appearance is due on March 6. Police also notified the Ministry of Family and Children Development.