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Woman found to be impaired after crashing vehicle with children on board

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A local woman has been arrested and charged after she crashed her vehicle into a ditch in the east end of the city.

At approximately 7:40 p.m. on Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2020, Kingston Police were called to a single vehicle collision on Highway 2 east of middle road. There, a vehicle had been driven into a dirt ramp in the ditch, and the driver and two children were assessed by paramedics, according to police.

The ensuing investigation found that the accused woman was driving eastbound when her vehicle left the roadway and drove into the ditch on the south side of Highway 2. The driver continued driving in the ditch for approximately 60 meters before crashing into a large dirt ramp, causing moderate damages to the vehicle.

Police also found that, prior to police arrival, an adult female passenger left the scene with a bottle of wine, and that the driver was seen grabbing pills from the front console of her vehicle and placing the pills in her purse.

The officer on the scene made observations that the accused driver was impaired. The driver was arrested and taken to a Drug Recognition Expert. After a series of tests, the driver was found to be impaired by a drug.

The 32-year-old Kingston woman is charged with operation of a motor vehicle while impaired by drug. She was later released on a Promise to Appear with a future court date. Her driver’s licence was automatically suspended for 90 days, and she will face a one-year suspension if convicted. Additionally, the vehicle was seized and impounded for seven days, and the accused woman will be responsible for all related fees and fines.

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