On September 30th, the Cold Lake RCMP responded to a report of a vehicle in the south Tim Horton’s parking lot. The complainant reported that the suspect vehicle was travelling at a speed of 100 km/hr in a 60 km/hr zone and was swerving all over the road, says Constable Leslie Rice.
“We stopped the vehicle and [the female driver] was heavily intoxicated. There was open alcohol inside the vehicle,” Cst. Rice says a roadside approved screening device was administered, of which the female failed and was arrested. “She became non-compliant when she returned back to the station, so alcohol samples were not received.”
If you are convicted of refusing to provide a sample, you will usually face the same penalties as if you were convicted of driving while impaired. These penalties are usually a fine of about $1,000 and a one-year licence suspension if it is your first offence. For a second offence, you will usually be subject to a minimum penalty of 30 days in prison, and a minimum three-year licence suspension. For a third or subsequent offence, you will usually be subject to a minimum penalty of 120 days in prison and a lengthy licence suspension. – Alberta Transportation
A 36 year old female, from Cold Lake, was charged with refusing to provide samples and transporting liquor in an open container. She is set to appear in Cold Lake on November 8th.