Woman allegedly drove drunk after impaired driving court appearance: RCMP

Sep 11 2019, 5:49 pm

A North Vancouver woman is facing new charges for allegedly driving home impaired after appearing in court for a separate impaired driving charge.

According to police, the incident occurred on March 29, 2019, when officers were informed by North Vancouver Provincial Court staff that a woman appeared to be under the influence when she drove away from the courthouse.

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RCMP stopped the 57-year-old North Vancouver woman as she arrived at her residence and conducted an impaired driving investigation.

The Prosecution Service approved one new impaired driving charge against the woman in addition to sanctions under the Motor Vehicle Act. The woman returned to court on Wednesday.

“In an era of increased public awareness of the dangers of impaired driving, it’s shocking that someone would make the decision to drive from court impaired by alcohol,” said Cpl. Jamie Raison, of North Vancouver RCMP Traffic Services in a release.

“The North Van RCMP are committed to keeping the streets safe for our community, and this is a good example of how the community helps us enforce alcohol related driving offences.”