Sûreté du Québec officers were kept busy last week with a slew of automobile accidents and several cases of drunk driving arrests. Police arrested seven people for driving while intoxicated, though one of the seven included the arrest of a motorist in Rivière-Beaudette whom police found behind the wheel of a stationary car that nevertheless had a key inserted into the ignition. Police say it is illegal for an intoxicated person to be in control of a vehicle, even one that is not being driven at the time of arrest. Drunk drivers were also arrested in Pincourt, Pointe-des-Cascades, Rigaud and Vaudreuil-Dorion. One additional person was arrested while driving along Highway 40.
Meanwhile, officers dealt with several simple accidents, hit and run accidents and accidents causing injuries during the past week. A total of 14 automobile accidents that occurred on roads and highways in the region resulted in injuries to 25 people. And five more drivers were victims of hit and run accidents. Police also recorded an additional 27 material accidents, or those not resulting in death or injuries. SQ officers could not say to what they attribute the increase in vehicular accidents. No fatalities were reported in any of the incidents.
Pump and run
And one thief took the time to fill up the gas tank in Rivière-Beaudette before hitting the road. The only problem was the would-be customer forgot to pay for the fuel. Police say someone stole $35 worth of gasoline from a gas station in the town then left without paying. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.