On Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 12:31 a.m. while on general patrol, Smiths Falls police watched a vehicle fail to come to a complete stop at a red light at an intersection in the Smiths Falls downtown core.
Police conducted a traffic stop and detected could smell alcohol on the 32-year-old female driver. A roadside screening device was conducted and resulted in a fail reading.
The female was placed under arrest and transported to the Smiths Falls Police Service where she provided samples of her breath. The driver was found to have almost twice the legal limit of alcohol in her blood.
The driver had her licence suspended for 90 days and her vehicle was impounded for 7 days as a result. The female driver was charged with one count of operating a motor vehicle with over 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The driver was later released by police and issued a court date.
If found guilty, the driver could face the following penalties:
- $1,000 fine plus 12 month licence suspension for the first offence
- 30 days in jail plus to two to five years licence suspension for second offence
- 120 days in jail plus three or more years licence suspension
- The maximum penalty is 18 months in jail or a $5,000 fine.