**** RCMP Media Release
RCMP Traffic Services Cape Breton charge driver impaired by drug
RCMP Traffic Services Cape Breton has charged a driver with impaired operation of a conveyance by drug following a traffic stop on Prince Mine Rd. in Point Aconi.
At approximately 8:30 p.m. on June 19, police were conducting patrols in Point Aconi after receiving numerous complaints of street racing in the area. While on patrol, police observed a vehicle pass by with the driver not wearing a seatbelt. Police conducted a traffic stop and noted that the vehicle also had expired registration. In speaking with the driver, a 44-year-old man from Point Aconi, police noted that he was displaying signs of impairment, and he was subsequently arrested. During the arrest, police observed a large knife in the front seat and located 10 grams of cocaine during a search of the vehicle. The driver was transported to the North Sydney RCMP Detachment and underwent a drug recognition evaluation.
The driver has since been released from custody and will be facing charges of Impaired Operation of a Conveyance and Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose. The driver was also issued Summary Offence Tickets for not wearing an available seatbelt and operating a motor vehicle with expired registration. The man will be appearing in Sydney Provincial Court at a later date.