‘Severely intoxicated’ driver pulled over in Abbotsford

A driver who police describe as “severely intoxicated” was pulled over on Sumas Way in Abbotsford on Tuesday night.

RCMP Lower Mainland Traffic Services was alerted at about 10 p.m. after several calls came in from other motorists about an erratic driver on Highway 1.

Const. Blair Fuller said that when the first officer arrived on the scene, the driver did not pull over and police had to move their vehicles in front of him to get him to stop on Sumas Way between Old Yale and Old Clayburn roads.

Fuller said the driver had difficulty walking when he was taken out of his vehicle.

“We actually kind of had to make sure that he wouldn’t wobble or stumble into traffic. A couple of times when he was walking toward the passenger side of the police car, he actually stumbled into the ditch, and at one point he actually fell down,” he said.

Police found a 26-ounce bottle of vodka in the vehicle, and Fuller said it was “about 80 per cent empty.”

The driver had no previous history of impaired driving and was given a 90-day immediate roadside suspension.