June 13, 2014 10:20 am
Updated: June 13, 2014 6:49 pm

Driver in Sylvan Lake crash had four times legal blood-alcohol limit: RCMP


SYLVAN LAKE – The driver involved in a crash near Sylvan Lake on Thursday had a blood-alcohol level four times the legal limit, according to RCMP.

Officers were dispatched to a three vehicle crash just north of the central Alberta town around midnight.

Police say a Porsche travelling at high rate of speed on northbound Highway 20 rear-ended a northbound Volkswagen near the Aspelund Road intersection.

The collision caused the Volkswagen to spin out of control and crash into a southbound tractor trailer unit that was carrying oilfield service equipment.

No one was seriously injured, but both the Porsche and Volkswagen were heavily damaged.

The driver of the Porsche, a 39-year-old Sylvan Lake man, was arrested at the scene for impaired driving.

RCMP say his blood sample showed he was four times the .08 driving limit.

Robert D.J. Ritchie has been charged with impaired driving, driving a motor vehicle while over .08 and dangerous driving.

He is out on bail, but is scheduled to appear in Red Deer Provincial Court on June 27th, 2014.



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