Crashed at 3 times the limit

An impaired driver, with a blood reading three times the legal limit, has been arrested after crashing into a pole.

Vernon RCMP responded to vehicle crash just before 7 p.m. yesterday evening in the 3700 block of Alexis Park Drive.

After arriving on scene police found a 40 year old woman driver acting clearly intoxicated.

The local woman was arrested on scene for impaired operation of a motor vehicle.

She was transported by ambulance to the nearest medical centre but was later released and escorted to the RCMP detachment where she provided two samples of her breath that were both three times over the legal limit.

The woman had no serious injuries but her vehicle suffered severe damage.

"This was a very serious collision and the vehicle sustained significant damage," said Const. Kelly Brett. "Not only is the driver fortunate to have sustained only minor injuries, but that no one else was seriously injured as a result."

The woman now faces charges of impaired operation of a motor vehicle and is scheduled to appear in court April 26.

Impaired driving is an entirely preventable cause of death and injuries, with immense costs and devastating effects on communities.

The number of people killed in impaired-related crashes each year has significantly dropped with 40 years of Counterattack, but impaired driving remains a top contributing factor in B.C., according to Vernon RCMP.

RCMP remind the public there’s no excuse to drink and drive.

If you plan to drink, leave your car at home.

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