April 30, 2014 - 12:00 PM
KELOWNA - In a bizarre coincidence, moments after 83 officers from the Southeast District were honoured for their success enforcing impaired driving laws, a Kelowna woman was found apparently impaired inside her car outside a Glenmore apartment complex.
The 43-year-old faces impaired driving charges after she was discovered by police at 11:04 a.m. outside Yaletown Apartments, located at 1579 Glenmore Road north. She was unconcious inside her grey Pontiac Grand Prix, but officers found no alcohol in her system though she showed symptoms of impairment.
The investigator called for a drug recognition expert, specially trained to recognize suspected drug-impaired drivers.
The Alexa's Team expert at the scene had just received an award for being one of the top impaired driving investigators in the province.
"After the completion of an evaluation on the driver, the DRE believed her to be impaired by a central nervous system depressant and is allegedly a prescription medication," RCMP Const. Kris Clark said in a press release.
Clark says drug impaired driving is on the rise with prescription medications at the top of the list of substances causing impairment of drivers, with a few illicit drugs also being detected.
"If you have consumed drugs, illegal or otherwise, then don't drive," Clark said.
The woman was issued a 24-hour driving prohibition. She appeared in court and was later released on a promise to appear August 21.
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