A 46-year-old West Porters Lake man is facing the possible loss of his driver’s licence – both on land and sea – after being charged Sunday night with impaired driving of a Sea-Doo.

 

Halifax RCMP say during the annual Parade of Lights on Porters Lake at 8:30 p.m., a police boat observed a Sea-Doo traveling at a high rate of speed. After pulling alongside other boats, police approached the male operator of the Sea-Doo and noticed signs of impairment.

 

He was then arrested and now faces charges of impaired operation of a vessel and impaired operation over 80mgs. The man will appear in Dartmouth provincial court Oct. 14 .

 

“It’s the exact same as a motor vehicle. It’s the same penalties,” said RCMP spokesman Cpl. Joe Taplin. “You would lose both your driving and boating licences.”

 

Taplin said they arrested one person last year on the same lake for driving a Sea-Doo while impaired.

“If you’re operating a vessel or a boat, you can’t be impaired – plain and simple,” Taplin said.