Traffic stop leads to trouble for Alberta driver

An Alberta man had some explaining to do after being stopped by RCMP Monday night.

No seatbelt. No insurance. No luck with RCMP.

An Alberta man had some explaining to do after being stopped by RCMP Monday night.

“One of our officers was patrolling Kal Lake Road when he noticed a van on 14th Avenue driving slowly towards Kal Lake Road,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “Our officer waited until it pulled onto Kal Lake Road and stopped the vehicle because the driver was not wearing a seatbelt.”

The van also had no insurance (expired Aug. 2).

The driver appeared to be impaired by drugs and had a minor smell of liquor to his breath.

The 47-year-old man from Fort McMurray was given a 24-hour suspension for drugs after doing a sobriety test.

“It is interesting to note he stated he had not been drinking in two days yet when he blew on a roadside screening device, it indicated he had a minor amount of alcohol on his breath,” said Molendyk.

The vehicle he was driving was impounded, and RCMP are trying to determine how a rototiller found in the back of the van fits into the investigation.