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Vernon woman caught drinking and driving while leaving RCMP detachment

Vernon RCMP detachment
November 23, 2017 - 1:41 PM

VERNON – She should’ve called a cab.

Instead, a Vernon woman is now facing her second allegation of drunk driving in the past seven months.

Vernon RCMP spokesperson Const. Kelly Brett says in a media release that yesterday, Nov. 22, the woman attended the police detachment to provide fingerprints for an impaired driving charge from May 2017. That charge arose from an incident on Silver Star Road where she was the only occupant of the vehicle.

“While dealing with officers inside the detachment, the officers could smell a strong odour of liquor on the woman and cautioned her not to drive her vehicle upon leaving,” Brett says. “The woman allegedly advised she would be calling a cab, however when she left the detachment, she got into her vehicle and drove away.”
An officer quickly caught up with the vehicle and attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the woman failed to do so, Brett says in the release. 

“Subsequently the officer had to pull his vehicle up beside the driver’s side window with lights and sirens activated for her to notice the officer attempting to pull the vehicle over,” she says.
The officer made contact with the driver and detected possible signs of alcohol intoxication. The woman was then asked to provide a breath sample and failed. She was then taken into custody and transported back to the Vernon RCMP Detachment where she provided breath samples in excess of three times the legal limit. 
The 37-year-old woman was held in custody where she was scheduled to appear at the Vernon Court House today, Nov. 23, Brett says.

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