Travel plans impaired

An impaired driver caught the attention of U.S. border officers at the Peace Arch border Saturday

A Coquitlam man is facing impaired-driving charges in Bellingham after a breath test at the Peace Arch border registered more than double the legal limit.

According to a news release issued Tuesday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a traveller was taken into custody early Saturday (Dec. 17) morning, after officers noted  an odour of alcohol and significant damage to the driver’s-side quarter panel of the southbound vehicle. The driver’s eyes also showed signs of impairment, the release states.

In a breath test, the driver registered 0.165.

“This man posed a serious risk to the safety of others as well as himself,” area port Director Kenneth L. Williams said in the release.

The driver, a 32-old-year-old Taiwan national, was arrested and transported to Whatcom County Jail.

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