Drunken driver gets no farther than Peace Arch border crossing
BLAINE, Wash. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations at the Peace Arch Port of Entry took a Coquitlam, British Columbia, man into custody in the early hours of Saturday morning when he showed physical indicators of alcohol impairment.
The 32-year-old national of Taiwan was referred to secondary and CBP officers detected an odor of alcohol on his breath and observed a rested nystagmus in his eyes. The vehicle he was driving also had significant damage to the driver’s side quarter panel.
The Washington State Patrol was contacted and conducted the battery of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, including a preliminary breath test (PBT). The man blew a 0.165 on the PBT. An individual is considered legally impaired at 0.08.
“This man is off the road due to outstanding work by CBP officers,” said Area Port Director Kenneth L Williams. “CBP officers protect this nation from all threats, which at times include drunken drivers. This man posed a serious risk to the safety of others as well as himself.”
The Washington State Patrol placed the man under arrest and transported him to the Whatcom County Jail in Bellingham.