BRACKLEY, Canada — Talk about the long arm of the law!
A quick-thinking Canadian excavator operator used some ingenuity and the bucket arm of his construction vehicle to halt a drunk driver in his tracks, police said.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police say they got a call Thursday afternoon from the excavator operator working on a road on Prince Edward Island about an apparently drunk driver who had approached the work site.
The driver had hopped out of his car and started berating the operator who smelled alcohol on his breath and noticed that he appeared intoxicated. When he tried to drive away from the site, the operator “prevented the driver from fleeing with the bucket on the excavator.”
When officers arrived at the scene, they saw the 50-year-old driver hopping into the car of a pal he had phoned to come get him. He was taken to the police station where his blood alcohol level was measured at three times the legal limit.
“I haven’t seen this before and I’m sure the other officers that went to the scene didn’t either,” police spokeswoman Leanne Butler told the Prince Edward Island Guardian. “It was an unconventional way to stop a vehicle.”
“We don’t always encourage citizens to get involved that much in stopping impaired drivers but this one was done in a way that nobody was injured, nothing was damaged and the driver was able to successfully hold him there until we arrived,” she said.