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A 23-year-old impaired driver was handed a 90-day roadside prohibition in Langford yesterday and thanked the officer for catching him and asked for a hug.

According to West Shore RCMP, an officer was in the 2600-block of Sooke Road for another incident on Wednesday when they spotted a Jeep Cherokee drive over the grass median and head westbound.

The officer turned his attention to the erratic driver and pulled over the Jeep. Police say the driver was “exhibiting signs of alcohol intoxication” and a roadside test was conducted.

The 23-year-old male driver failed the test and was issued a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition and the Jeep was impounded for 30 days.

The officer then drove the man home, who “thanked the officer for keeping the streets safe and asked the officer for a hug,” said West Shore RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Nancy Saggar.

“We don’t often get thanked for the job we do especially by those who find themselves on the opposite side of the law. It was nice for the officer and for the rest of us at West Shore RCMP to hear this,” said Saggar.

With holiday season around the corner, West Shore RCMP are reminding drivers to expect more roadside impairment checks.

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