April 16, 2019 10:22 am

N.S. man facing impaired driving charges after car rear-ends school bus

FILE - A 71-year-old man is facing charges after a vehicle hit a school bus from behind in Digby County on Monday.

The Canadian Press/Lars Hagberg

A 71-year-old Nova Scotia man is facing charges after a vehicle rear-ended a school bus in Digby County, and police allege the driver’s blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit.

RCMP say the collision happened when a school bus was stopped on Hwy. 1 in Grosses Coques, N.S. at 2:30 p.m. Monday.

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Its red lights were flashing.

Students were getting off the bus at the time when a small car headed in the same direction rear-ended the bus. No one was hurt.

RCMP say their officers arrived to find a heavily damaged car and “noted signs of impairment by alcohol on its driver.”

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The man from Grosses Coques was arrested and taken to Meteghan RCMP detachment for a breath test. Police say his blood alcohol level was found to be nearly three times the limit.

The driver of the car was held in custody “until he was sober,” according to police, and then released.

He is scheduled to appear in Digby Provincial Court on June 10 and is facing impaired-related charges.

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