A Vancouver Island trucker faces charges of Driving While Impaired and Driving While Over the Legal Limit.

He’s been released by Nanaimo RCMP to appear in court on December 17th.

On October 25th, RCMP received a call about an 18-wheeler being driven erratically on the Island Highway between Parksville and Nanaimo.

An officer stopped the semi and noticed symptoms of impairment as the 46-year old driver got out.

Inside the cab, RCMP says the officer found empty beer cans.

The driver was taken to the Nanaimo RCMP detachment to provide breath samples, which measure 230 mgs, which exceeds the legal limit by nearly three times.

The investigating officers called the incident very troubling and shocking because it involved a truck pulling two large fuel tanks.

Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP says the tanks were later found to be empty, but given the size of the vehicle and distance traveled in an impaired state, it’s a miracle a tragic accident had not occurred.