A 56 year old Saskatoon man is facing impaired driving charges after police received several related calls Saturday afternoon. The first call came in to police communications shortly before 1:30 PM when a motorist called in to report a green van that had rolled through a red traffic signal on 25th Street and was now going east up the University Bridge. The witness indicated the van had bounced off a curb and almost struck a pedestrian.
Patrol units moved into the area in an effort to spot the vehicle but were not successful.
At 1:37 PM, several more calls were received reporting a man slumped over the wheel of a green van at College and McCormond. A few moments later police received another call indicating the van was now moving north on McCormond. Finally, at 1:45 PM the vehicle was intercepted after another report of a green van at McCormond and Addison, again with a man slumped over the wheel.
The driver of the vehicle was checked over by members of the Saskatoon Fire Department as well as personnel Medavie Health Services West. He was cleared medically and placed under arrest for impaired driving. An SPS Drug Recognition Expert conducted testing on the suspect and he was subsequently charged with impaired driving by drug. The man was also charged for possession of marihuana and was wanted on several un-related warrants. He will be appearing in court later this month.