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Motorist's 911 call nabs very drunk B.C. driver

12/19/2011 07:36 EST | Updated 02/18/2012 05:12 EST

A man on Vancouver Island is being credited with helping nab an impaired driver who at one point drove on the wrong side of the road and collided with another vehicle while his five-year-old son was in the back seat.

A motorist in Nanaimo, B.C., called 911 shortly after midnight Sunday to report a black Honda Civic travelling on the wrong side of the road, RCMP said Monday.

The caller followed the vehicle for almost ten minutes and watched as the car was driven in the left hand lane of the wrong side of the road. At Hammond Bay Road, the vehicle collided with an SUV but the Honda driver kept going, leaving the scene, said RCMP Const. Gary O’Brien.

O'Brien said the vehicle eventually pulled into a driveway of a home off Turner Road, where police arrived and found an intoxicated 38-year-old man in the driver’s seat and a young boy in a rear seat.

The child, who was unharmed, turned out to be the driver’s son.

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The driver was arrested for impaired driving and the child turned over to his grandmother, who lives in the home where the vehicle was parked.

O’Brien said the man later provided two breath samples at the Nanaimo RCMP detachment.

The samples indicated a blood alcohol level about three times the legal limit of .08.

The 38-year-old Nanaimo man was held in custody and released Sunday morning, and is scheduled to appear in court in March. Police have recommended impaired driving charges.

O’Brien said the Ministry of Children and Family Development was notified of the incident.

No one was injured in the collision between the suspect vehicle and the SUV, O'Brien said.

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