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Nelson man’s poor decision costs $4,000 instead of $20

Nelson police say a man could have paid $20 for a cab ride home Friday morning, but now faces a tab of more than $4,000. - file photo
Nelson police say a man could have paid $20 for a cab ride home Friday morning, but now faces a tab of more than $4,000.
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Despite a preventative warning from Nelson Police Department officers, a drunk driver’s foolish decision early Friday morning will cost him.

At 3:50 a.m. Friday, officers were conducing their post-bar closing patrols in the downtown core. A male and a female were seen loitering near a running vehicle that was parked outside one of the bars. Members approached and spoke with both and determined they had been consuming liquor that evening and were likely not capable of safely operating motor vehicle.

It was also discovered that the car was registered to the 34-year-old male and the members let them know it would be a good choice to not drive the car home. The male agreed.

The officers continued their patrols and a short time later the vehicle was gone. A quick drive to the vehicle owner’s address found him trying to park it as members pulled up. He blew a fail on the roadside screening device and now faces sanctions under the Motor Vehicle Act.

The sanctions under the latest BC law include:

1. You immediately lose your driver’s licence for 90 days and your vehicle for 30 days.

2. You pay all related towing and storage fees.

3. You pay a $500 monetary penalty and a $250 driver’s licence reinstatement fee.

4. To regain your driving privileges, you have to complete the Responsible Driving Program and use an ignition interlock device whenever you drive, for one full year, following your driving suspension.

In all, those caught under the law face administrative consequences that will cost about $4,060 before you can legally operate a motor vehicle again in BC.

“A cab would have cost less that $20 to any destination in the city of Nelson,” police stated in the press release.

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