A man from Carstairs faces dangerous driving and impaired driving charges following a Saturday evening traffic stop on a highway east of Crossfield.

“Mixing alcohol with high speed in poor visibility is a recipe for disaster,” said RCMP Constable Matt Gervais. “We are lucky the traffic unit was in the right place at the right time to prevent anything serious from occurring.”

According to RCMP, at 6:25 p.m., a member of the integrated traffic unit observed a vehicle travelling northbound on Highway 791, north of Highway 72, at a high rate of speed. Using radar, the RCMP member clocked the vehicle’s speed at 202 km/h, more than double the posted speed limit of 100 km/h.

Prior to being stopped, the driver allegedly committed several additional traffic violations. At the time of the incident, fog made for poor visibility on the highway.

The RCMP member arrested the driver, a 36-year-old man from Carstairs. The driver was the lone occupant of the vehicle.

The suspect faces charges of:

  • Impaired operation of a motor vehicle
  • Dangerous driving of a motor vehicle

The findings of the driver’s blood alcohol tests have not been released. The accused has been released from police custody on a promise to appear at an upcoming court date in Airdrie.