By Rob Gibson
A 44-year-old Coquitlam man who was driving and in the middle of a driving lesson when he failed a roadside sobriety test administered by Coquitlam RCMP.
The strange event happened on February 2, 2020, at 1:30 p.m., when a Coquitlam RCMP Traffic Enforcement officer stopped a car for running a stop sign.
"This may be a funny story, but we’re serious about keeping our community safe," says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. It also shows why traffic stops are one of the most unpredictable things you can do as a police officer."
RCMP say neither the driving student nor the instructor did their due diligence to be safe on the road and both suffered immediate consequences. The student had his learner’s licence suspended for 90 days and received a ticket for failing to stop for the stop sign. The driving instructor had his car impounded for 30 days. Both the driver and the driving school could face a review from ICBC.
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