Kingston woman arrested for impaired driving after collision on Highway 38

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A local woman has been arrested and charged after her dangerous and erratic driving resulted in a collision and impaired driving charges.

The incident occurred on Sunday, Apr. 18, 2021 when, at approximately 8:25 p.m. the female driver was operating her vehicle headed eastbound on Quabbin Road towards Highway 38. Witnesses observed the driver failing to stop for the stop sign at the corner of Quabbin Road and Highway 38 before turning south onto Highway 38. Witnesses also observed the accused woman attempting to turn east onto Orser Road, and running into a rock embankment instead. The collision caused the airbags to deploy in the vehicle, however, the woman was observed by witnesses as she continued to drive her vehicle approximately 200 metres before coming to a stop in front of a residence on Orser Road.

Kingston Police responded to the incident, and the responding officer made observations that the woman was impaired by alcohol, police said in a press release on Tuesday, Apr. 20, 2021. At approximately 8:50 p.m., the woman was arrested and taken to Kingston Police Headquarters. There, the accused woman provided breath samples, which determined she had approximately two times the legal limit of alcohol in her system.

As a result, the 48-year-old Kingston woman was charged with impaired operation of a conveyance (vehicle), and impaired operation of a conveyance while exceeding the legal blood alcohol concentration. The woman’s licence was automatically suspended for 90 days. She will face a one-year suspension if convicted. Additionally, the vehicle involved was impounded for seven days. The accused will be responsible for all related fees and fines, and was later released with a future court date.

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