Police are investigating a suspected impaired driving incident after a woman was found passed out in her car with her baby and dog inside.
The vehicle was located on Nov. 17, 2022 at 10:30 am in the parking lot of the North Town Centre Mall in Nanaimo.
Officers were first alerted to the vehicle, a Ford f-150 pickup, after a report was received from Oceanside RCMP that the same vehicle had been involved in a hit and run collision earlier that same day.
When officers eventually found the vehicle, it was in park, but was shockingly still running.
Officers tried repeatedly to rouse the woman by yelling and knocking on the windows but were unable to wake her up.
Paramedics and the fire department were called to assist with removing the woman safely from the car.
To ensure there were no medical issues at play, the woman, age 35, along with her child, were transported to the Nanaimo hospital for a medical assessment.
While being transported by paramedics, officers detected a strong odour of liquor on her breath “which provided grounds to pursue an impaired driving.”
At the hospital, both mother and child were medically examined.
The child was turned over to the father, and the woman was transported to the Nanaimo police detachment, where two samples of her breath were tested and read at 2.5 times over the legal limit.
“This incident is disturbing on many levels but needless to say that we are just glad that the child was not injured in any way,” said R/Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.
She was issued with a 90-day Roadside Prohibition and her vehicle was impounded for 24 hours. She is to appear in Nanaimo Provincial Court on charges of driving while impaired and driving while over the legal limit, both of which are criminal charges.