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Saskatchewan premier’s vehicle impounded in B.C.; police say driver was impaired

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Global News has learned that a vehicle registered to the premier of Saskatchewan has been impounded in Vancouver. As Kristen Robinson reports, the driver behind the wheel - who was not the premier - was stopped by police for alleged impaired driving – Mar 12, 2022

A vehicle registered to the premier of Saskatchewan has been impounded in British Columbia, after the person driving — who was not the premier — allegedly failed a roadside sobriety test, Global News has learned.

Vancouver police said they pulled over a vehicle with Saskatchewan plates around 1 a.m. on Thursday near Burrard and Robson streets after the driver, a 28-year-old man with a Saskatchewan licence, ran a red light.

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“VPD officers conducted an impaired driving investigation, which resulted in the driver failing a roadside sobriety test and being issued an automatic 90-day driving suspension,” police spokesperson Sgt. Steve Addison said in an email.

“The vehicle was impounded for 30 days. The driver was also ticketed for the red-light violation.”

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The driver was not charged with a criminal offence.

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Global News has confirmed the vehicle, a Chevrolet Silverado pickup, is registered to Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe.

Moe’s office confirmed a vehicle in his name had been impounded, and said it would “not be commenting further on a personal matter.”

Regarding his duties as premier, his office said on Sunday afternoon he is expected to be in the legislature this week.

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B.C. introduced its immediate roadside prohibition legislation in 2010, which has faced several court challenges and was reviewed in 2014.

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“Anybody who provides a breath sample into a roadside breathalyzer that registers a fail or anybody who refuses to comply with a roadside breathalyzer demand will receive an automatic 90-day driving prohibition and 30-day impound regardless of their previous history,” Vancouver lawyer Kyla Lee explained of the law.

Lee said drivers can also face a criminal charge for impaired driving, but that police frequently use their discretion not to recommend one if the driver does not have a prior history.

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