Thursday evening, RCMP officers responded to a call about a car that was driving north on Highway 4, near Glaslyn. The car attempted to pass another vehicle on the shoulder of the highway and struck a semi hauling a trailer that was turning in front of them. The roof of the car was completely shorn off after the collision, yet the car kept driving.
At the same time, officers from the Meadow Lake detachment responded to a report about a car travelling northbound on Highway 4 with no roof and a destroyed windshield. The car was located, but the driver continued to drive towards Meadow Lake, ignoring the lights from the RCMP.
The vehicle was followed into the city, where it came to a stop at a residence on the east side of the community. It was determined that the woman behind the wheel, who was the lone occupant, was surprisingly not injured. She was taken to the Meadow Lake detachment.
Further investigation by the officers determined she was intoxicated – her blood alcohol level is said to have been four times the legal limit.
“The state of this car speaks for itself,” shared S/Sgt. Ryan How, Meadow Lake RCMP Detachment Commander. “I’ve responded to many impaired driving investigations as a police officer. This incident could have been tragic. I'm thankful in this instance no one - not the individual or the members of the public travelling on the same roadway - was injured.”
A search of the vehicle found six empty alcohol bottles and one half-full.
A 27-year-old woman from Meadow Lake is now facing charges of impaired driving, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight from police and failing to stop after an accident.