Drunk driver pulled over by Burnaby fire truck

A drunk driver managed to steer clear of three police roadblocks in Burnaby this weekend only to be pulled over by a fire truck.

The fire truck was driving along Sixth Street near 16th Avenue at about 9:30 p.m. on Saturday when the crew noticed a vehicle swerving along Edmonds Street, according to Burnaby RCMP.

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As the vehicle slowed, the driver of the fire truck initiated a stop and talked with the driver, police said.

The firefighter noticed the driver had a strong smell of alcohol on her breath and contacted Burnaby RCMP.

The woman then blew a fail on a Breathalyzer test after police arrived, according to police.

Her vehicle was impounded for 30 days, and she was issued a 90-day driving prohibition as well as a ticket for driving without consideration.

“Thanks to our colleagues at Burnaby Fire Department we were able to ensure that this driver was taken off the road on Saturday night,” Burnaby RCMP Cpl. Mike Kalanj stated in a press release. “If you see a driver you suspect to be impaired, we’re asking that you call 911 immediately and provide the vehicle’s licence plate, description and direction of travel.”

Burnaby RCMP set up three roadblocks this weekend during the launch of its winter CounterAttack anti-impaired-driving campaign.

Three drunk drivers, including the woman pulled over by the fire truck, and one high driver, were taken off the road.

Police also caught one person driving while prohibited and another driving without insurance.

Twenty violation tickets were handed out for a number of other infractions as well.

The CounterAttack campaign runs until the end of December.

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