Prolific impaired driver irks Victoria police officers

Victoria woman, 49, faces Criminal Code charges for repeated violation of driving prohibitions related to drunk driving

  • Apr. 28, 2014 1:00 p.m.

A Victoria woman with a long record of impaired driving and Criminal Code driving offences facing fresh charges after an interaction with Victoria police officers this morning.

A VicPD unit spotted the a vehicle being driven erratically around 4 a.m. in the 0-block of Gorge Rd. East.

When the driver pulled into a parking lot, she was so intoxicated that she tried to walk away from police.

“The driver was transported to hospital as officers were concerned about her medical well-being due to her extreme level of intoxication,” said Bowen Osoko, VicPD spokesperson. “Officers also levelled a notice of immediate suspension from driving and impounded her vehicle.”

Since 2008, the woman has faced 19 prohibitions for impaired driving under both the Motor Vehicle Act and the Criminal Code.

“Criminal Code driving bans are themselves rare, underscoring the seriousness of her previous convictions,” Osoko said.

The woman has been banned from driving in Canada three times, and is required to use an Interlock device before getting behind the wheel. There was no such device on her vehicle, Osoko added.

“This is the type of driver who kills people,” acting Sgt. Graeme LeBlanc said. “We’ve done what we can under our powers to protect the public and get her what help we can, but this driver needs medical intervention.”

A 49 year-old Victoria woman was released today on a promise to appear on impaired driving charges, driving while prohibited under the Motor Vehicle Act and driving While prohibited under the Criminal Code.