Suspected drunk driver arrested following two crashes in North Van

How do you tell your parents both their cars have been impounded?

That’s the question facing a driver who allegedly crashed two different cars in a span of three hours, according to North Vancouver RCMP.

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The driver, who is not being identified by police, allegedly struck a parked car near Capilano Road and Montroyal Boulevard at about 12:25 p.m. on May 23. He subsequently failed a roadside breathalyzer test, according to police.

Officers seized his driver’s licence, impounded the car belonging to the driver’s father and issued an immediate 90-day driving prohibition.

Less than three hours after officers dropped the driver off at home, he allegedly got behind the wheel of his mother’s car and smashed into a parked vehicle on Lonsdale Avenue.

The same officer who dealt with the first crash arrived on the second scene shortly after 3:30 p.m., arrested the man and impounded another car. The driver seemed to have kept drinking after the first crash, according to police.

“You almost have to laugh because it’s so bizarre,” said North Vancouver RCMP spokesman Sgt. Peter DeVries. “The reality is this is pretty brutally dangerous. . . . I could’ve been walking there with my kids.”

There were no injuries in the crashes, DeVries said, calling the incidents: “An ironic combination of incredible luck and incredible bad luck.”

Damages to the two cars struck by the driver are estimated to be less than $10,000 each, according to DeVries.

The crashes underscore the societal need to guard against drunk driving, according to DeVries.

“It’s impossible for [police] to stop everyone, and that’s why it’s the responsibility of our society to make sure that we’re holding everybody accountable,” he said.

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