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Whistler and Squamish RCMP use teamwork to catch impaired driver

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A drunk driver from Florida was taken off B.C. roads last weekend, thanks to a combined effort from Whistler and Squamish police forces.

On Sunday, Sept. 22 at approximately 7:30 p.m., Whistler RCMP received a report of a possibly impaired driver travelling southbound on Highway 99, close to Brandywine, according to a police release.

Though Whistler RCMP attempted to locate the driver and vehicle, patrols of the area proved unsuccessful. Whistler police notified their Squamish counterparts of the driver heading southbound.

Squamish RCMP spotted the vehicle in question at about 7:45 p.m. and conducted a roadside stop, during which they discovered the driver, a 35-year-old Florida man, was impaired by alcohol.

The driver's licence was seized for 90 days and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days. According to police, the driver and his passenger returned to the lower mainland, where they were staying, in a taxi.

"The Sea to Sky Regional RCMP consists of the Pemberton, Whistler, Squamish and Bowen Island RCMP," Whistler police explained in a release.

"Detachments in the corridor are always in communication and coordination with each other as it relates to files that span the Sea to Sky Corridor."