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Alcohol suspected in single-vehicle crash involving four Vancouver Island teenagers


A teen driver will have some explaining to do after allegedly driving behind the wheel impaired prior to a single-vehicle crash.

At around 4:10 a.m. on September 5th, emergency services including police, firefighters, and paramedics responded to a report of a collision in central Nanaimo involving four 16-year-old teens.

Police located an older model vehicle with significant front-end damage and they noted that the airbags had been deployed. 

Although traumatized, the teens appeared to be relatively unscathed. Police said three of the four teenagers were picked up by their “concerned parents” and the remaining teen was taken to the hospital for treatment of a minor upper injury.

According to the report, the driver displayed symptoms of alcohol consumption and police provided a breath sample—which confirmed he had been drinking, contrary to his driving conditions.

R/Cst Gary O’Brien spokesperson for Nanaimo RCMP said the driver was handed a $109 ticket and three demerit points for driving contrary to restriction. The incident will likely be reviewed by the Superintendent of the Motor Vehicle Branch—most likely suspending his licensefor 30 to 90 days.

“Booze and inexperienced drivers do not mix. The zero-alcohol limit is there for a reason,” stated O’Brien. 

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