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Impaired driving stop in downtown Castlegar nets mess of meth

A man now faces a number of potential impaired driving and drug related charges after police stopped a vehicle being driven in a dangerous manner Tuesday afternoon, according to Castlegar top cop RCMP Sgt. Monty Taylor.

"On Jan. 5, 2021 at approximately 1:30 p.m., a front line Castlegar RCMP officer conducted a traffic stop with a pickup truck that had been observed being operated erratically in the downtown area of Castlegar," Taylor said. "The driver, and lone occupant of the motor vehicle, displayed signs and symptoms of being impaired by a drug while behind the wheel.

A search following the man’s arrest resulted in the seizure of over 50 grams of a substance believed to be methamphetamine, Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) was called upon to conduct a drug influence evaluation on the man.

The 34-year-old Castlegar man now faces potential drug trafficking and impaired driving related charges. He has been released from police custody on bail conditions to appear in Castlegar Courts on March 10. Castlegar RCMP will forward the full findings of its investigation to the Public Prosecution of Canada for charge assessment."